This site provides an online supplement to our ongoing study of voice assessment and offers examples of software we have used in voice grading. For our most recent study of voice assessment, please see our 2015 article in Business Communication Quarterly: "Voice Assessment of Student Work: Recent Studies and Emerging Technologies." The journal abstract is available here. This site contains only resources and rich-media examples of options discussed in the article. Those who would like to try voice grading may want to download the short PDF by clicking on "Getting Started" in the menu above.
Using Word for voice review will be attractive depending on the needs, interests, and capabilities of both instructor and student. It represents the least expensive option, assuming that both instructor and student have MS Word on their systems, and Word is for the most part ubiquitous. This option will produce a voice file of good quality, and it will do it with existing resources, so this may be a good option for some. Please see our article for a more complete discussion of this option.
For an example of voice assessment using Microsoft Word, click here.
Audio Record Wizard is only one of many examples of the kind of softare that produces a small high-quality recording that can be listened to on nearly any system simply because MP3 files, the standard for digital music, constitute the most ubiquitous format, one that is playable on all of the major operating systems. The MP3 file can be stored on a campus content system, such as Blackboard or Moodle, or it can be returned to the student simply by attaching it to a return email. Please see our article for a more complete discussion of this option.
For an example of voice assessment using Audio Record Wizard, click here.
Those interested in rich-media approaches to reviewing student may want to consider a full-featured screen-recording solution. For those who decide on this, the Tier III application will reward them and their students with significant media richness because it records not only voice, but also visual data, including all computer screen activity, so that a mini-movie is achieved. The student then receives something comparable to an interpersonal tutorial in which the instructor walks the student though the paper, complete with comments. Please see our article for a more complete discussion of this option.
For an example of voice assessment using Camtasia, click here.