Students are continually reporting dissatisfaction in the feedback they receive during their studies. Common complaints including timing, clarity and usefulness. An area being rediscovered by academics is the use of audio feedback. Audio feedback can be broadly defined as the use of digital media to record messages to individuals or groups of students to provide feedback on both ongoing and submitted work.
Not only do students appear more likely to engage with audio feedback but they also find it easier to understand. In the particular case of individual audio feedback students highlight the personal nature of being able to hear their tutors voice. If you are still not convinced by audio feedback you should listen to this clip of students from the University of Chester and Sheffield Hallam talking about their experiences of receiving audio feedback (this clip was captured at at the last Podcasting for Pedagogic Purposes SIG at Glasgow Caledonian University)
On the RSC Scotland North & East Higher Education blog (MASHe) their is a post on Student Audio Feedback: What, why and how