How do academics experience use of recorded audio feedback in higher education? A thematic analysis

Anneli Heimbirger, Ville Isomottonen, Paavo Nieminen, Harri Keto

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Our Work in Progress Paper in Research to Practice Category focuses on use of recorded audio feedback (RAF) in higher education. RAF is one method for providing feedback that is becoming increasingly popular, especially in e-education. According to previous studies, most learners have an overall positive attitude towards RAF. However, many of the studies have been carried out from learners' point of view. To complement RAF research, we study how academics experience use of RAF as a feedback method. We adopted a qualitative content analysis approach, applying thematic network analysis to the data received from four case academics. This approach proposes graphical networks as an aid for analyzing and synthesizing qualitative data into basic, organizing and global themes. The thematic network analysis produced two global, nine organizational and 45 basic themes. The two global themes were named 'Dialogue diversification' and 'Load reduction'. Based on our analysis, academics can, by using RAF, provide learners more relaxed and dialogic feedback and reduce their own workload both mentally and physically.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationFrontiers in Education
Subtitle of host publicationFostering Innovation Through Diversity, FIE 2018 - Conference Proceedings
ISBN (Electronic)9781538611739
Publication statusPublished - 4 Mar 2019
Publication typeA4 Article in conference proceedings
EventFrontiers in Education Conference - San Jose, United States
Duration: 3 Oct 20186 Oct 2018

Publication series

NameProceedings - Frontiers in Education Conference
ISSN (Print)1539-4565


ConferenceFrontiers in Education Conference
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySan Jose


  • Academics
  • Distance learning
  • E-education
  • Higher education
  • RAF
  • Recorded audio feedback
  • Thematic network analysis
  • Work in Progress

Publication forum classification

  • Publication forum level 1

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Education
  • Computer Science Applications


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