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Beyond Margin Notes: Utilizing Technology to Improve Feedback to Student Writers

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2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Seattle, Washington

Publication Date

June 14, 2015

Start Date

June 14, 2015

End Date

June 17, 2015





Conference Session

Innovative Use of Technology I

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Computers in Education

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26.279.1 - 26.279.14



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Carolyn Kusbit Dunn East Carolina University

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Carolyn Kusbit Dunn is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Technology Systems at East Carolina University. Dr. Dunn teaches Technical Writing and Technical Presentations, and centers her research on the pedagogy of technical writing and the ethics of risk communication.

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Beyond Margin Notes: Utilizing Technology to Improve Feedback to Student WritersGood writing skills are perpetually listed as both a failing and a necessity among prospectiveemployers. As a result, preparing students to be good writers has become an emphasis in manycurriculums. Research on writing repeatedly emphasizes the importance of feedback indeveloping student writers. Writing instructors therefore, must not only require appropriatewriting exercises, but provide the kind of meaningful and comprehensive feedback that willimprove student writing.Traditionally, feedback is given in written form – utilizing the comments or track changes toolsin word processing software, or hand written notes on hard copy texts. This presentation willexamine the use of audio video software to provide feedback that students can both see and hear.Students can download the feedback to smart phones, or view it on their computers.This presentation will explain the use of the tool, but also the results of a yearlong study in whichclasses using this tool were compared to classes that utilized standard written feedback. Thediscussion will include student perceptions of the feedback, as well as more practicalconsiderations for educators interested in utilizing this concept.

Dunn, C. K. (2015, June), Beyond Margin Notes: Utilizing Technology to Improve Feedback to Student Writers Paper presented at 2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Seattle, Washington. 10.18260/p.23618

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