Audio versus written feedback: exploring learners’ preference and the impact of feedback format on students’ academic performance

MORRIS, Cecile and CHIKWA, Gladson (2016). Audio versus written feedback: exploring learners’ preference and the impact of feedback format on students’ academic performance. Active Learning in Higher Education, 17 (2), 125-137.

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    Abstract

    Very little is known about the impact of the different types of feedback on students’ academic performance. This paper explores students’ preference in the use of audio and written feedback and how each type of feedback received by students impact on their academic performance in subsequent assignments. The study involved 68 students who were divided into two groups that received either audio or written feedback in their first assignment which was then recalled and applied into the second assignment. An analysis of results obtained in the second assignment was conducted and comparisons made between students in the audio and written feedback group. Students were also surveyed using an online questionnaire to ascertain their perceptions about the type of feedback they had received. The study established that the type of feedback received did not impact on students’ grades in the subsequent assignment. In addition, while students were broadly positive about audio feedback, they indicated a strong preference for written feedback in future assignments. The study recommends, among other things, further investigation into the link between students’ learning styles and their preferences for different types of feedback.

    Item Type: Article
    Additional Information: To be published in issue 1 or 2 of 2017
    Research Institute, Centre or Group - Does NOT include content added after October 2018: Centre for Food Innovation
    Departments - Does NOT include content added after October 2018: Sheffield Business School > Department of Service Sector Management
    Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1177/1469787416637482
    Page Range: 125-137
    Depositing User: Cecile Morris
    Date Deposited: 22 Jan 2015 14:48
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2019 11:00
    URI: http://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/9122

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