Firstly, a big thanks to Aaron Burrell for some collective wisdom with this topic. The answer is very simple, the iAnnotate app lets allow you to add inline audio comments and return these to the students as a PDF. The key is, the student must access these using the Adobe Reader (http://get.adobe.com/uk/reader/). Other PDF readers do not allow the playing of the embedded audio file by the student right clicking and selecting play file. This is OK-ish for us at UCS as Adobe Reader is installed as standard on our machines. Students wishing to access the feedback at home will need to install the software.
The only draw back of using the Adobe Reader software is the student can move and delete the embedded audio file if they wish. Therefore, there might be some issues to think about when considering this for summative feedback.
The proposed model for the Nursing Team will be to loan them three iPads, all with a high quality stylus and software (iAnnotate and Dropbox) for the two week marking period. The students will submit their word document submissions to LearnUCS (VLE), the files will be downloaded (moved to Dropbox). The Lecturer accesses the files on their iPad via dropbox, annotates and saves back as an Annotated PDF to Dropbox. The files are re-attached to LearnUCS for student feedback. Once the iPads are returned, they’ll be wiped and the files deleted from Dropbox.
The bonus of using the iAnnotate app is it will allow the inclusion of other forms of feedback, including text and images.