This post is a part of a series of posts I’m writing as a Reflective Journal task for the British Council’s eModeration course. We’re currently in the seventh week and this may be my final reflective post because the last week of the course is an introduction to the actual materials we’ll be teaching [and I’m not sure if the powers that be would be happy with me reflecting and possibly critiquing them 😉 ]. This week’s unit focused on interaction patterns, creative feedback, synchronous workshops, privacy issues, time management, and plagiarism.
My peers on the course were really enthused by the individual audio feedback that the moderator shared for an assignment. Moodle has an inbuilt feature that allows you to record audio and video messages which could potentially be a way of going beyond the traditional text-based written feedback. While audio feedback is definitely a step-up from a written note, I think we can challenge ourselves to take advantage of technological affordances and provide learners with rich, multimodal feedback.
I use screencasting tools fairly often for sharing this kind of feedback. Most screencasting applications allow you to record your screen while you’re talking and making annotations or changes. Some tools also enable you to capture your video through your webcam as an inset image as well as adding captions, arrow, highlights, and quizzes during the production process.
In an online course, screencasting could be used for:
- Providing feedback on written work such as a Word document or PowerPoint presentation
- Sharing feedback on spoken work such as a podcast or a video
- Discussing contributions to online forums
- Sharing inputs for work created through digital tools such as Prezi, Padlet or YouTube.
There are a couple of popular free tools you can use:
I used a paid software called Camtasia which also enables you to create flipped classrooms and video based courses with quizzes. You can download a free trial and test it out for a month.
Be aware of the drawbacks:
- If you’re a perfectionist, you’ll do multiple takes and end up wasting a lot of time.
- If you’re recording in a noisy area, then you might have a lot of background noise that gets recorded which may sound unprofessional.
- The whole process of thinking about what you want to say, recording your screen while you share feedback, processing the video and then uploading it … takes lots of time.
The guru of screencasting is Russell Stannard and you might want to check out his site, Teacher Training Videos which has loads of great resources on how you can use screencasting with your learners.