Wanda Raiford explains how students who met with her in person better understood her comments and suggestions about their classwork. As a result, they were also more likely to put more effort into implementing her feedback on future assignments.  Using digital recordings to grade helps to provide a similar in-person experience.  Raiford has found that student feedback has been overwhelmingly positive.  Research suggests that potential benefits of recorded comments are substantial:

  • Recorded grading allows for extended commentary and praise unfettered by space constrictions (as with paper margins).
  • More commentary that goes into greater detail promotes better student understanding of the feedback.  This may decrease later office meetings with students confused about written comments.
  • Recorded feedback encourages students to be more aware of the reader as they craft their writing.
  • Recorded grading can make instructors’ marks seem less punitive and more constructive.
  • Recorded grading can strengthen the student-instructor relationship, in part because students feel recognized as individuals and perceive instructors as interested and approachable.
  • Recorded comments may increase students’ self-confidence and motivation.
  • Recording grading works well in distance-learning or online courses, and is appropriate for many kinds of writing, including technical writing