AUTEL 2015 Internal Keynote Speaker

Last modified by Mary Jacob on 22/05/2015

Ayla Göl, International Politics

Internal Keynote: Using audio feedback

Gol.jpgAyla has won the Outstanding Teaching Award in the Student-Led Teaching Awards for 2015.

This paper offers reflections on my continuing engagement with technology-enhanced teaching. It merges the findings of two journal articles that I published on critical pedagogy and the use educational technology in order to find innovative methods of improving students' learning experience. Based on students’ feedback, a new opportunity was presented by Aberystwyth University’s decision to facilitate all assignment submissions via the Turnitin UK system. When I realised that there was already an embedded feature of giving audio feedback to students, I decided to ‘test’ this different feedback method on book/film reviews for an optional undergraduate course that I teach at the Department of International Politics in Semester one. The students’ engagement and feedback exceeded my expectations as summarized briefly: Turnitin is clear and easy to access, fun and useful to understand why students got the given marks, how they can improve, allows more detail and a personal tone than written comments, very engaging as a two-way of communication, more clear than written feedback, gives a good summary of positive and negatives in the work, and last but not the least, using Turnitin audio feedback is easier than reading feedback. Hence, the outcome was so positively surprising and encouraging that I have included the same of assessment and feedback in another module that I teach in Semester two. The last part of the paper will summarise the outcome of the next round of feedback from a focus group of students who took both modules, to find out whether or not how the majority of students felt that audio feedback improved their course work. The paper concludes by providing further self-reflections to evaluate negative and positive aspects of using audio feedback.


Dr Ayla Göl is a Senior Lecturer in International Politics; she joined the department in 2005, having started her academic career at the Department of International Relations, LSE (2003-05). She was a Visiting Scholar at the Centre of Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies, University of Cambridge, November 2009 and March 2010. She was also the inaugural John Vincent Visiting Fellow at the Department of International Relations, Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies, Australian National University (2002-03). She serves on the editorial boards of Critical Studies on Terrorism, Mediterranean Politics and Centre for the Strategic and Research Analysis. She has been a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA) since June 2010. Dr Göl received a University Award for Teaching Excellence in 2010 and was the winner of the BISA-C-SAP Teaching Excellence Prize in 2011. She was nominated for the National Teaching Fellowship by Aberystwyth University in 2012.

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