What is YourVoice?
The YourVoice app was developed to offer students a simple method of providing feedback on various aspects of teaching. Students can give feedback on any session or workshop, and when gathered, the feedback is anonymous.
Students like the app as it is rapid, responsive and intuitive – requiring no barrier to access, no big forms and no deadline to complete by. It is there for the students to use and to facilitate change 24/7.
Staff like the app as it requires no administration in use – feedback capture shouldn’t be complex and time-consuming. YourVoice captures feedback concisely and consistently. Staff have instant access to their feedback where data can be searched, filtered, prioritised and exported so they can respond to the feedback as defined by them and not the app.
How is YourVoice used?
The app launched in 2015 and was initially developed to aid the ‘You Said We Did’ feedback process. It has since been enhanced to become a widely used feedback capture method within the Faculty of Health.
The main draw from the app for staff in receiving feedback is how it allows for rapid change or discussion with students. Staff have commented that they were able to make positive changes to their course mid-term, instead of potentially discovering something at the end of the year from other survey methods.
Using a digital method helps with administrative tasks for the most part, but also assists with the speed of access, accessibility and intuitiveness, which can encourage use. Furthermore, this tool can be signposted from related teaching and learning services such as the Digital Learning Environment (DLE). Therefore, students can quickly provide feedback alongside their learning resources or other online activities.