As documents move online, markup and feedback tools are flooding the edtech market. Kaizena is one of them, and its Slack and Evernote-like interface might be just what teachers and students are looking for in an online feedback tool.
Kaizena has two main feedback functions: one that allows teachers to highlight and give a text response, and the other that prompts teachers to give a voice recorded response. The former is particularly helpful for providing feedback on a specific problem, for example a sentence that needs some grammar edits. The latter, however, could be a great way to provide general feedback for an essay or assignment as a whole, especially if a teacher is pressed for time.
Kaizena’s interface is easy to navigate and relatively intuitive, making it a quick transition for new users. It’s clean and easy to jump between tabs, and students can quickly upload their documents through a simple dashboard.
Although Kaizena offers preset menu options like skills and lessons, both could use improvements to increase usability and value. Users can reference a lesson while giving feedback, but preset messages don't have individualization options, which would be helpful for students who need more guidance. And when posting a skill, it does not allow you to explain the rating, which would be helpful for students who need more specific feedback on improving particular skills.
Kaizena is a useful and accessible feedback tool that both teachers and students may appreciate for its convenience. As feedback tools often play a precarious balancing game between personalized feedback and preset menu-like feedback, some users may never quite be satisfied with online forms of editing. However, Kaizena does a good job with both types, and can be used in K-12 and university settings alike.Image: via Daily Genius