This past week, we took a look at several different technology tools that can help you provide students with feedback that is more frequent and specific – without an overwhelming amount of extra work for you. If you missed our workshop and want to learn more, read on for a quick recap! You can also contact Diane or Kate for assistance.
Feedback with Rubrics
Rubrics are a powerful grading tool that allow you to provide specific feedback to students at several points. Providing a rubric with the assignment description gives students a more thorough understanding of what is required for success, and using a rubric to grade facilitates a transparent feedback process.
Rubrics can be developed directly in Moodle or inside of the Google Assignments plugin. In both cases, building a rubric is simple and flexible, and rubrics can be saved as templates for future use. While the initial process of creating a rubric may seem daunting, the process of grading becomes much faster, more specific, and more transparent for everyone once the rubric is in place.
Feedback with Video and Audio
Providing feedback on a frequent basis gives students multiple opportunities to redirect their efforts to align with learning objectives. Sometimes, however, frequent feedback is not always read by students and can be time-consuming for instructors to create. Experimenting with video and audio feedback can allow you to provide personalized feedback in a dynamic format.
Video and audio feedback capabilities are built into the Moodle grading features. To provide these types of feedback, simply click the “Record Audio” or “Record Video” buttons within the feedback comments box on the grading screen. This will allow you to record directly from your computer’s webcam or microphone, and the feedback will be displayed alongside the grade.
Keep in mind that video and audio feedback aren’t always the best option. They are optimal for providing more general, overarching comments on an assignment, particularly if that assignment is not text-based. They can also be useful alongside a rubric to provide extra guidance or personal suggestions.
Providing your students with feedback on their work doesn’t have to be time-consuming or difficult to be effective. These simple tools, which can be used directly in Moodle, can streamline your feedback process and facilitate greater transparency and specificity for your students.