Steve Gilbert’s “Teaching Learning and Technology Group“, March 31, 2005 newsletter adds Jeff Sommers (Professor of English and Director for the Center for Teaching and Learning at Miami University Middletown) “personal podcasting” to the collection of low threshold applications (LTA):
” One of the most important interactions with students for professors who assign writing in their courses is the response we provide students. While most professors rely upon written comments in the margins and at the end of the student paper and others prefer to hold one-on-one conferences with their students, another approach is to provide digitized recordings for students.
“In five minutes of recorded response, a professor can supply the equivalent of 2.5 pages of double-spaced typewritten commentary. Thus, the recorded response can be more expansive, more detailed, and more explanatory. It is possible to focus remarks on specific passages or on the entire paper. It is also possible to reflect on a student’s progress by comparing the current work with previous work. Students perceive the digitized comments to be more convenient, more personal, and often clearer. While recorded commentary is particularly well suited to formative response designed to assist students in revising a draft in progress, it is also useful in providing summative response as well.”
You are invited to review this latest LTA and post a comment regarding what you think of how Professor Sommers shares his comments with students enrolled in classes he teaches. Or respond to me and I will collect comments and share with the list.
Steven W. Gilbert, President, The TLT Group
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