When a learning environment enrollment hits a certain threshhold, both the educators and students are in danger of diminising learning outcomes. Many stages of the learning process can suffer as a result. The quality and frequency of student feedback and engagement is one area that has been impacted by growing class sizes. New ideas and methods, such as the video feedback approach are helping to scale traditional learning practices to meet the demands of the modern learning environement.
University of California, San Diego's Tanya Hall, Dean Tracy, and Andy Lamey share their insights and experiences using video feeback to offer a more personal and constructive approach to student engagment in their philosophy courses.
Video Feedback Highlights:
While the UCSD trio teach in the philosophy discipline, many of the ideas are universally applicable to other subjects as well. The findings identify numerous advantages of using video feeback over traditional methods like written comments and note that these methods are "underappreciated and underutilized".
Below are some of our key takeaways from Hall, Tracy, and Lamey's publication:
Video Feedback Example:
- Being aware of surroundings and appearance when taping videos - grading in a robe may not come across well.
- Don't be overly critical of yourself because re-taping will defeat the purpose of saving time with this method.
Advantages of Video Feedback
- Video form provides higher quality communication with more detail, clearer instructions, and a more personalized approach to education.
- Offers a tool that shines in the "student-centered, intenional learning framework."
- Video establishes a form of communication preferable to students making them more motivated to act on the feedback.
Student Response to Video Feedback
After analyzing the self-report student surveys Hall, Tracy, and Lamey found the student responses to be positive. Students showed a preference for the video feedback over traditional written methods and found value in the personalizing, engaging, and motivating nature of the feedback. When asked what made video feedback better than written, one student responded "...the level of involvement shows the grader thoroughly read through my essay and specifically dissects the problems for me to improve, which is difficult to do in a written response."
Formative vs. Summative Feedback
In a previous blog we talked about Formative Assessments and Real-Time Results and the importance of keeping your finger on the pulse of your class during the learning process. Video feedback is an effective technique that is focused on offering a more proactive, improvement-focused method of communication. Traditional, summative feedback is more reactive and tends to explain the grade or mark, rather than offering suggestions for growth.
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Curious about other student engagement areas? Check out these topics from the #CreatingEngagement series:
- Connecting with Students
- Understanding Front and Back-End Classroom Facilitation
- Providing Answers to Questions