My friend, Tod Duncan (UC Denver) just sent this VoiceThread link to me. It will take you to a Voicethread that he created to review the results of a recent exam given in his introductory biology course. There’s a lot to love about this.
First off, I appreciate the tone of he takes in the recording. A friendly, casual, companionable, let’s-you-and-I-just-talk-this-through sort of tone. That’s bound to put the students at ease. I really like the way he subtley reinforces good test-taking strategies, like thinking through the way to eliminate impossible or unlikely choices in a multiple choice exam.
It also strikes me that reviewing an exam this way would be extremely efficient. Rather than go over the test individually with students during office hours, one by one by one, students can link to this VoiceThread and listen to it. And they can listen as many times as they need to. He could also use this with future students, as a test preparation tool. It’s unlikely Tod will use the same exam questions next time around, but hearing their instructor’s analysis of past assessment items will help them prepare for new ones. Tod just posted this so, right now, there are no student comments embedded, but using the comment feature in VoiceThread, students could post further questions or requests for clarification to Tod or to their fellow students and get a conversation started. Very nice.