Watch this talk to find out new ways to use technology to give feedback on learners' written work.
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- Slides from this presentation with useful links and further reading
- Teacher Training Videos website created by Russell Stannard, which has a large number of teacher training videos available free of charge for teachers to access
- Download the print version of this training session (coming soon)
About this training session / session notes
Session summary and objectives
Russell Stannard talks about his research into the use of the free computer software called Jing. This software uses screen capture technology, along with video and audio, to enable you to provide students with feedback on their written work. He refers extensively to students writing essay assignments in the context of English for Academic Purposes (EAP) but the information he gives on providing verbal, recorded feedback for students is applicable to many other teaching and learning contexts.
Who is this session for?
- Experienced teachers, working on EAP or exam courses, who would like to provide recorded feedback for students
Teachers with access to computer assisted language learning (CALL) looking for new ways to provide feedback on students’ written work
Teacher trainers who focus on the use of technology for educational purposes
About the speaker
Russell Stannard is a freelance trainer and conference speaker in ICT and Education. He has won three internationally recognised awards for his work in feedback and his website, which is now visited by more than 350,000 users a year. He was previously a Principal Teaching Fellow at the University of Westminster, where he won their ‘Excellence in Teaching and Learning Award'. At the time of writing, he worked at the University of Warwick and also as a NILE associate trainer.
Before you watch
Real life practice
- Watch Russell Stannard’s video tutorial on how to use Jing
- Review the main points and refer back to Russell Stannard’s presentation slides for guidance on how to make best use of the free software for providing student feedback.
- Read Russell Stannard’s articles published in the UK press:
- If you are ready to try out the software from Russell Stannard’s talk for providing student feedback, it can be downloaded free of charge.
Download the Jing software.
- Technology is a tool, not a method. Before you use technology tools to give feedback to students, it is important to reflect on what makes feedback effective, or ineffective, in the first place. Review the main principles of good feedback (and bad!). Apply these principles to feedback provided through Jing, or any similar tool.
- When using Jing or a similar visual capture tool, ensure you keep your oral feedback simple, clear and specific.
- Remember, for lower level students, it may be more difficult for them to follow oral feedback than written feedback – listening might be more difficult for them than reading. Grade your language accordingly.
- In order to familiarise yourself with the use of Jing, start with a simple feedback exercise. Give your students a demonstration of what you will do and how it will work. Students will need to become familiar with new ways of receiving and processing oral and visual feedback.
- Ask students for feedback on the use of technology. Do they prefer oral feedback through technology, or written feedback on the document itself?
Join the discussion
Join the discussion!
- How enthusiastic to you feel about trying to use software like Jing with your students? How do you think your students will respond?
- In effect, Russell Stannard is recommending the use of oral feedback on written work instead of written feedback. Do you think such a process is only suitable for high level students, or do you think it is possible to grade your language sufficiently to use oral feedback with lower level students? Discuss this point with your colleagues.