The BTEC Health and Social Care courses include a lot of criteria to be assessed. Over the last few years the team have changed some of the assessment methods from report writing and are keen to develop this further. I identified a criterion which would be suitable for submission through podcasts. Research shows that podcasts were used to submit and give feedback on assignments at University level. I checked with the awarding body that this was an acceptable method of assessment and was told it was as long as the relevant supporting paperwork and witness statement was completed.
The first step was to ask the Student Digital Ambassadors to research the variety of podcast apps and recommend which we should use. They recommended Podbean and wrote student guides for downloading the app, recording their podcast and submit the link on Moodle. The Digital Education Consultant and I trained the students using the guide.
What worked well?
- Students quickly worked out how to download the app, record the podcast and post the link.
- Students really enjoyed it once they got over the embarrassment of hearing their recorded voices!
- It was suitable for students who were very skilled verbally but took longer to put down on paper.
- Quick way to submit assignments.
- Students were able to practice speaking clearly and concisely.
- Lecturer/ assessor could quickly access podcast through Moodle.
- Developed student confidence with using this technology.
What didn’t work so well?
- Students did not want to use the MyDay app so introduced another step by emailing the link to themselves then copying and pasting to the Moodle submission page.
- Potentially takes assessor longer to assess as listening to the podcast rather than quickly reading submission on paper.