Essay Feedback via Screencasting

Interesting – have seen a few people experimenting with on-screen marking – general consensus was took longer – but this article indicates actually starting to save time:

A simple, inexpensive technique allowing lecturers to record personalised video feedback while marking papers is being used to improve the student experience, and could be scaled up to help online learners.

Lecturers at Cardiff Metropolitan University are using screen-capture technology to give students the impression of being present during the marking process, allowing more targeted feedback to be given.

Using widely available computer recording programs, many of which are free, lecturers record themselves marking students’ papers, explaining where errors have been made and showing corrections. They then upload the footage to their university’s learning platform or email clips direct to students.

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Creating a Narrated PowerPoint using Jing

Jing is simple screencasting software offered on a ‘freemium’ basis, i.e. there’s a free version with reduced functionality (all files are exported as .swfs), or a paid version ($14.95pa) which allows you to export your files as MP4s, and therefore upload into YouTube. A nice video here for how to use the software to create a screencast (a screencast is defined by Wikipedia as: “A screencast is a digital recording of computer screen output, also known as a video screen capture, often containing audio narration.”):

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Lim Teoh – Screencasting

I attended a BLS lunchtime seminar which gave an overview of Blended Learning activities ongoing in the Faculty.

Lim Teoh has been investigating the use of screencasting to provide feedback (I would think of JING for this, but max 5 minute screencast, Camstudio offers longer, but bit more complicated)

  • Complaints timeliness of return of feedback, ESP large cohorts
  • Stannard 2007, Brick & Holmes 2008 – screencast more intrreresting & personal.
  • Coursework & assessment – anti-plagiarism – groups of 2. 10 assessments. Diff qus – students not aware of that. Reflect on challenges with work/group working, how they reflect on their feedback.
  • Online submission through Moodle. Marks using comment field
  • CamStudio, Screentoaster, free, good quality. sendspace. Large files – ITS tried to compress but not good quality. Requires code to see data. Questionnaire on Moodle – save time.
  • 1 week design coursework. Download & mark 2.5 week. Record 1.5 weeks. Lots of positive feedback, clearly defines what is missing from criteria.
  • Survey – control qu – did u listen? Positive feedback – more personal – clarified more. Mostly prepared to wait for better material. Some don’t mind just audio, most want video, ideal 2-5 minutes.