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Why feedback needs to change

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Russell Stannard
University of Warwick
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Todays Talk
Information about me (very quick). 3 key examples of how the incorporation of technology has impacted on quality of my teaching and learning. Pedagogy must drive the use of ICT. Practical talk with real examples.

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Russell Stannard
Lecture on the MA in ELT at the University of Warwick. Teach the ICT modules on the course. Train teachers to use ICT. Run www.teachertrainingvideos.com Free website that offers step by step help videos to show teachers how to use technology in their teaching. Won Times Higher Technology Award, British Council Technology Award and University of Westminster Excellence Award. Last year 350,000 visitors to the site, 11,000 Twitter Followers and 14,000 subscribers to my monthly newsletter.
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Imagine providing this as feedback.


Student feedback on an essay about blogging.

Student feedback on the design and layout of a students blog.


Flipping the idea-Teacher/student using screen capture
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Scenario 1
In 2000 I was thinking about students feedback. Worried about -how students engage with the feedback -auality of the feedback -amount of feedback -bringing feedback into the 21st Century

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Using Screen Capture for Feedback


First had idea in 2000. However didnt realise just how easy it was to create screen captures. Experimented with idea in 2006. Led to widespread media interest. Many institutions now experimenting with the idea including here in Norway.
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Impacting on Quality
Students like the voice. Students feel it is more personal. More information is conveyed. Feedback can be elaborated on. Feedback can be very timely. Like having the teacher sitting next to you. Multimodal Student learning styles. Idea can be flipped Students giving reflections.
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From Feedback to Reflection


Feedback is all about learning ( Vygotskys ZPD). Reflection does a similar thing but is perhaps more cognitive and more connected to Independent Learning. My interest moved to getting the students to provide their own reflections/feedback/peer feedback.
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Scenario 2-Reflection
We often get our students to reflect on their lessons/dissertations/ learning. Obvious techniques are Using diaries Questions Tick box and check lists Continually disappointed with the results Students dont engage.
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Reflections using myBrainShark


myBrainShark is a tool that allows students to upload PP/Word/PDF documents and then add their voice. Free tool. Very simple to use. I wanted to get my students to reflect on our lessons. I was introducing new technologies into the class and wanted to understand their impact.
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Different tools for the same purpose.


myBrainShark (2012) http://my.brainshark.com/wallwisher784547763 PresentMe-(2013) https://present.me/view/47956-wallwisheractivity-feedback-reflection

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What emerged from the experiment?


Students might be happier reflecting by creating audio recordings. Incredible amount of detail . Discussion that was generated from the reflections was the most importantplans of action. Reflections provided information both for the teacher and for the students.

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What did we learn from the reflections?


Learnt Students often recommend content/videos from the web without fully understanding them. Action.. Need to build in checks and balances to make sure that they have read, watched and understood whatever content they are sharing. Learnt The way groups work varies enormously and results in some groups benefitting far more from certain activities than others. Action Provide more detail at the start of a group activity about how the groups should organise. For example that each member should be assigned a role.
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Scenario 3-Reflection
I train teachers to use technology. I needed a way for them to create content, embed it and share with the rest of the group Set up reflective blogs which are assessed. After the classes with me, students create content, add it to their blog and reflect on it.

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Scenario 3
Many students continue their blogs after the course. Blogs become an e-Portfolio of examples of students work. Builds atmosphere of sharing/community. Example Blog

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Conclusions
The use of ICT has to be driven by the pedagogy. It only makes sense to use it when it adds value to the teaching and learning. It should be simple and easy to learn (barriers to entry). ICT requires flexibility and room for experimentation.
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References-my Work
The original piece published in the Times Higher in 2006-Russell Stannard Times Higher Article 2006 Recent article published in Norway Peter's Article Recent piece on JING in the GuardianGuardian Article

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Help videos for all the tools demonstrated.


MybrainShark http://www.teachertrainingvideos.com/brain/index.html PresentMe http://www.teachertrainingvideos.com/presentme/index.html Jing http://www.teachertrainingvideos.com/Jing/index.html http://www.teachertrainingvideos.com/jingInReality/index.html

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Any questions
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