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Using audio and video tools to give feedback for assessment tasks in CloudDeakin, Camtasia and Blackboard Collaborate

An effective way to give timely feedback to students in a digital learning environment is the use of audio and video tools. The Learning Innovations team can provide assistance to help you support student learning by giving feedback using audio and video tools.

Using Audio Feedback for Assessment tasks

Below are some questions which you will need to answer to help you decide whether you would want to use audio feedback in your teaching and learning activities in your unit.

  • What if any, are the benefits of using audio over written feedback in your context?
  • What specialist skills do you need to learn in order to use audio feedback?
  • Is it time and or cost effective?
  • Have you found out about how students feel about receiving audio feedback?

According to national student surveys, students’ satisfaction with their study programmes is greatly influenced by the type of feedback they receive from their teachers or tutors in their units. Although research on the use of audio feedback is at its early stages, several case studies at Deakin University and internationally have discussed the potential benefits of audio over written feedback. Some suggestions about the benefits of using audio feedback include that its use enables the teacher/ tutor to:

  • communicate on a more personal level and help create a sense of connection
  • present tone and a sense of the personality of the lecturer
  • motivate students
  • better inform students how to improve
  • encourage students to listen to all of the feedback, not selecting only the sections they desire.

So is using audio feedback for assessment tasks for you?

Deciding on whether to use audio feedback over written feedback can be made quicker in the following circumstances if you:

  • are comfortable with the technology such as Camtasia, Audacity
  • write or type slowly as the audio tool can record your speech quicker
  • have a substantial amount of feedback to give
  • want to use the quick and easy method of delivering audio or video files to students in CloudDeakin.

Some guidelines  for giving audio-video feedback

  • Structure your feedback. You need to focus on all the important areas you want to cover. Unlike written feedback, inserting missing sections into digital audio-video files is tricky.
  • Start and end your feedback conversation with a positive note. Put your critique in a positive light such as “this could be improved by …”
  • Practice speaking clearly and at a good speed. Avoid using too many  “ahhs” and “umms”.
  • State explicitly how the feedback will contribute to the student’s development of a certain learning outcome.

Useful Resources on Providing Feedback

You may also wish to have a look at these resources which Susie Macfarlane and Jaclyn Broadbent (Faculty of Health) have developed on how to give feedback to assist your students to improve their learning experience and achieve the expected learning outcomes.


Designing Feedback template

Types of audio and video feedback tools that are available

There are several ways to give audio-video feedback for student work in assessment tasks.

Leaving Feedback using Audio or Video via CloudDeakin

1. CloudDeakin

Within CloudDeakin, you have the option of giving audio or video feedback to your students for their assignments.

Leaving Feedback using Video Note.

This quick guide uses the Firefox browser. If you are using a different browser, ensure you Enable Adobe Flash on your browser.

  1. Go to Assessment – Assignment – Assignment folder1
  2. Click on the student’s submitted file2
  3. Click on Record Audio or Record Video button in the bottom right of the page


  1. If the popup screen asks for permission for using Adobe Flash, click Allow. Or click on the top left hand folder icon to enable it if there isn’t a prompt message.


  1. Click on Record Audio or Record Video when you are ready. Click on Stop once you have finished recording (Note: both Audio and video note only allows maximum 3 minutes recording, if you require more time, you can break your video / audio down to multiple recordings by repeating the steps 1 – 5)5
  1. You can click Play to preview your audio.
  2. If you want to re-record, click Clear.
  3. If you are satisfied with your recording, click Add.


  1. Click either Save Draft to release results to students in the future or Publish to release the results instantly. See below on how to publish feedback to students at once.


Note: If you accidentally click Publish rather than Save Draft, click on Retract to revert to draft.

  1. Once the video or audio has been added, go back to your previous page and you will notice that the video-audio file is attached in the bottom of the page.


Note: You are still required to provide a grade to the student via the rubric.

Once the audio-video feedback is published, the student can download the video / audio note.

Publish Feedback to students at once

The Publish Feedback button allows you to release assignment grades and feedback to students at once.

  1. From the Folder Submissions page, click on the title of folder you would like to release grade.
  2. Tick the box of Select all rows or individually select all the students whose results you wish to release.
  3. Click on Publish Feedback.
    Note: Ensure that the Grade Item of the assignment is visible to students from Grades.

Giving Feedback for assignments using Camtasia

You might also want to record and demonstrate what’s on your desktop, here’s the quick start guide for using Camtasia to do so. Once the video has been produced and saved onto your PC or Mac, simply upload and attach the video onto your CloudDeakin unit, but this time use the upload function.

From the feedback editing box, click on ‘insert stuff’ buttoncam

  1. Choose the file that’s been produced and saved from your computer then upload and save.c1

The rest of the process will be the same to publish the feedback.


Giving Feedback using Blackboard Collaborate

You may also wish to provide feedback on assignments to your students either individually or as a group in real time or live through using the software Blackboard Collaborate.

Within Blackboard Collaborate, you can use the Private Chat messaging tool to provide live feedback for an assignment. The session also can be recorded and downloaded.

Instructions for using Blackboard Collaborate can be found in here.