TESOL Thoughts

Reflections on Teaching and Learning


By Elizabeth Killinbeck

Cheyne and Wayne introduced a new style of individualized feedback, which completely blew my mind. They demonstrated a way to reduce the amount of time spent providing individualized feedback on “content and organization” errors in writing (usually first draft errors). This sounds impossible. Reviewing and commenting on student errors takes, for-ev-er, you say. Well, it does. BUT using a Chrome extension here, or an iOS app there, voila! You can create a video of your computer or mobile device as you read through and comment on your student’s writing. And all of this takes place in a shorter amount of time. According to Cheyne and Wayne, students love being able to hear their instructor’s voice as problem areas are highlighted as well as the ability to replay a video whenever they want.

And for those of us who feel like it might just be a wee bit too much to record, comment, and then distribute a video to each student (depending on an instructor’s teaching context, that might not even be feasible!), they show that it can still serve as a lesson (flipped classroom, anyone?) or a resource (reverse outline of an example essay, for example?) video that can be shared en mass via email or a class’ LMS.

The applications are endless, but in this session everyone came away with specific tools to use and specific examples of their use for anyone (literally, any range of tech skill) to try. These guys made something as technologically terrifying as “Delivering Instruction and Individual Feedback via Video Screen Capture” accessible, meaningful, doable, and fun!

You can see a screencast sample by Elizabeth here


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