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=Rationale:=
 
  
 
Do you sometimes feel that your written feedback is not as effective as the verbal feedback you give to your students? Research suggests that students want specific and detailed feedback from their instructors ([http://www.ncolr.org/issues/jiol/v9/n1/student-interactions-in-online-discussion-forum-empirical-research-from-media-richness-theory-perspective#.VpZ2LbYrKM8 Balaji & Chakrabarti, 2010]). Sometimes written feedback can become white noise to students who often admit they don't read it. Students are able to detect nuance more effectively, understand content more thoroughly, and engage with the instructor at a more personal level through audio feedback than through written feedback. Audio feedback is an option that saves time, cuts through the ‘noise,’ and is preferred by students ([http://www.sloanconsortium.org/sites/default/files/v11n2_ice_0.pdf Ice, Curtis, Phillips, and Wells, 2007]). This is not to say that written feedback is not valued, but voice is particularly impactful in our text-based world.
 
Do you sometimes feel that your written feedback is not as effective as the verbal feedback you give to your students? Research suggests that students want specific and detailed feedback from their instructors ([http://www.ncolr.org/issues/jiol/v9/n1/student-interactions-in-online-discussion-forum-empirical-research-from-media-richness-theory-perspective#.VpZ2LbYrKM8 Balaji & Chakrabarti, 2010]). Sometimes written feedback can become white noise to students who often admit they don't read it. Students are able to detect nuance more effectively, understand content more thoroughly, and engage with the instructor at a more personal level through audio feedback than through written feedback. Audio feedback is an option that saves time, cuts through the ‘noise,’ and is preferred by students ([http://www.sloanconsortium.org/sites/default/files/v11n2_ice_0.pdf Ice, Curtis, Phillips, and Wells, 2007]). This is not to say that written feedback is not valued, but voice is particularly impactful in our text-based world.
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==VoiceThread Resources==
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=VoiceThread Resources=
 
* [http://cat.xula.edu/food/brightspace-faq/voicethread-faq/ VoiceThread FAQs]
 
* [http://cat.xula.edu/food/brightspace-faq/voicethread-faq/ VoiceThread FAQs]
 
* [https://voicethread.com/workshops VoiceThread Workshops]
 
* [https://voicethread.com/workshops VoiceThread Workshops]
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* [https://voicethread.com/research Research on the Efficacy of VoiceThread in Various Disciplines]
 
* [https://voicethread.com/research Research on the Efficacy of VoiceThread in Various Disciplines]
  
==VoiceThread Workshop Recordings==
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=VoiceThread Workshop Recordings=
 
Two VoiceThread workshops were offered during Spring 2019. Links to the workshop recordings are available here.
 
Two VoiceThread workshops were offered during Spring 2019. Links to the workshop recordings are available here.
 
* [https://voicethread.com/share/11980150/ VoiceThread Basics Workshop recording - 51 minutes]
 
* [https://voicethread.com/share/11980150/ VoiceThread Basics Workshop recording - 51 minutes]
 
* [https://voicethread.com/share/12090763/ Be Ready for Mother Nature with VoiceThreads Workshop recording - 41 minutes]
 
* [https://voicethread.com/share/12090763/ Be Ready for Mother Nature with VoiceThreads Workshop recording - 41 minutes]
  
==Sample VoiceThreads==
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=Sample VoiceThreads=
  
 
* [https://voicethread.com/myvoice/#thread/2656014/14055947/16323243 Photographs that Changed the World]
 
* [https://voicethread.com/myvoice/#thread/2656014/14055947/16323243 Photographs that Changed the World]
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* [http://voicethread.com/about/library/ Digital Library]
 
* [http://voicethread.com/about/library/ Digital Library]
  
==Formative Assessments==
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=Formative Assessments=
  
 
* [https://voicethread.com/blog/category/formative-assessment/ Using VoiceThread for Assessments]
 
* [https://voicethread.com/blog/category/formative-assessment/ Using VoiceThread for Assessments]
  
==Free eBook==
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=Free eBook=
  
 
* [http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/333499 How to Humanize Your Online Class with VoiceThread]
 
* [http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/333499 How to Humanize Your Online Class with VoiceThread]
  
==VoiceThread and Brightspace==
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=VoiceThread and Brightspace=
  
 
* [https://cat.xula.edu/food/brightspace-faq/voicethread-faq/ VoiceThread FAQ]
 
* [https://cat.xula.edu/food/brightspace-faq/voicethread-faq/ VoiceThread FAQ]

Latest revision as of 22:37, 4 March 2020

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Do you sometimes feel that your written feedback is not as effective as the verbal feedback you give to your students? Research suggests that students want specific and detailed feedback from their instructors (Balaji & Chakrabarti, 2010). Sometimes written feedback can become white noise to students who often admit they don't read it. Students are able to detect nuance more effectively, understand content more thoroughly, and engage with the instructor at a more personal level through audio feedback than through written feedback. Audio feedback is an option that saves time, cuts through the ‘noise,’ and is preferred by students (Ice, Curtis, Phillips, and Wells, 2007). This is not to say that written feedback is not valued, but voice is particularly impactful in our text-based world.

Additonally, how often do you get to hear students talking to each other outside of class or in an online course? Giving students multiple modes for expressing themselves can increase the students' voice, interaction and engagement within the course.

VoiceThread is a web tool that allows you to humanize interactions in an online environment. VoiceThread extends the classroom by allowing users to have asynchronous conversations or discussions around audio and visual media. VoiceThread transforms stale, text-based discussions and feedback by infusing your content and conversations with human presence, just as if the instructor and students were all sitting in the classroom together, but without scheduling a specific time to meet.

VoiceThread adds a more personal element to the online experience when utilizing the features of commenting via voice. By hearing and seeing the instructor and classmates during a VoiceThread, a familiarity develops that feeds deeper participation. Utilizing VoiceThreads can give you and your students a "voice."


VoiceThread Resources

VoiceThread Workshop Recordings

Two VoiceThread workshops were offered during Spring 2019. Links to the workshop recordings are available here.

Sample VoiceThreads

Formative Assessments

Free eBook

VoiceThread and Brightspace


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