Wearable Tech Enables Video Feedback on Student Work

A business school goes high-tech with personalized video reviews of midterms, exams and group projects.

by / September 24, 2014

At the Wisconsin School of Business, students didn't always get the valuable feedback they needed on their work, and it showed on their course evaluations. But that changed when wearable tech came on the scene in a corporate finance class.

In the second half of the spring semester, assistant finance professor Michael Gofman showed teaching assistant Adam Spencer how to provide students with video feedback through Google Glass.

"More deeper feedback, more individualized feedback, feedback that students feel was tailored to them on one side, but on the other side was feedback that gives them the big picture and tries to connect how this assignment could help them in the future when they get jobs and when they need to make financial decisions," Gofman said. 

With three sections of 74 total students, Spencer recorded more than 200 videos to go over midterms, group projects and final exams. This personal feedback goes deeper than a one-sentence note on a paper.

As a result, student evaluation scores on a question about the quality of feedback jumped 38 percent to 4.69 on a scale of 5.

"It gives the student direct access to get feedback from the teacher, whether it's right from their home or if they're out of town, they can just go on their computer at any time and see that feedback, which I think is something that's very unique because most of the time you have to make a schedule to meet with a professor to get that feedback," said Gavin Hartzog, a business administration and finance student.

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