University to use Google Glass for academic feedback

Wisconsin finance professor among first in the world to use Google Glass for feedback for students

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Wisconsin School of Business Finance Professor Michael Gofman is among the first university professors in the world to use Google Glass for academic feedback for students.

Gofman developed the idea in February 2014 after looking for a solution for a problem many educators face: how to improve feedback delivery to students.

“Instead of marking the paper and posting the solution, we can record personalized videos for each student,” explains Michael Gofman, finance professor from the Wisconsin School of Business at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. “We’re not just showing their grade and what they did wrong, but how they can improve in the future. The technology was the perfect fit for the problem.”

After only one semester of using the technology, student evaluation scores that measure the quality of feedback in Gofman’s corporate finance course jumped to 4.69 (on a scale from one to five, five being the highest)—an increase of 38 percent from the year before and 22 percent higher than the average for all business courses at the same semester..

Gofman applied for the device through the Google Glass Explorer Program and had the teaching assistant for the course, Adam Spencer, use it, starting with the midterm exam. By using Google Glass, Spencer gave more nuanced and detailed feedback to students, touching on mistakes, what they did well, and how to build on what they’ve learned.

(Next page: Best practices in using Google Glass for feedback)