Research Article

Utilising lecturer input to inform the design of an audio e-assessment tool

DOI: 10.2989/16073614.2020.1841660
Author(s): Henk Louw, South Africa, Juan Steyn, South Africa, Jessica Pool, South Africa


With the rise of digital recording devices and web-based learning platforms, audio feedback has grown in popularity owing to easier distribution of recordings. Audio feedback is touted as having multiple advantages over written feedback. Although there are many studies reporting on the use of audio feedback and its effectiveness and efficiency, none of these have reported on the needs and requirements of lecturers to effectively provide audio feedback. Therefore, the aim of this article is to establish lecturers’ needs pertaining to audio feedback. For this purpose, lecturers interested in utilising audio feedback were invited to discuss their common frustrations and needs during a focus group interview regarding the provision of feedback. The findings of the focus group were in line with common frustrations regarding feedback in general as found in the literature. These findings were then interpreted to create a wish list for implementation in a lecturer-centred audio feedback system.

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