Headset: bringing marking & feedback into the 21st century

The business idea behind Headset is a software that manages the marking and feedback process in a new way.

Headset was the second place winner of the inaugural EduGrowth LaunchPad Business Start EdTech business plan competition. The submission, interview and presentation by Matthew McKinlay as team leader impressed the judging panel consisting of Dan Ingvarson, Carlos Schafer and Pauline Farrell. Who commented that this business idea will make a significant difference for teachers and has applications beyond teaching and learning.

Headset is the work of Matthew McKinlay and James Reid from the University of Adelaide.

Their business plan submission highlighted that although marking and feedback is a critical component of teaching and learning and student engagement, it remains an incredibly manual process.

The innovative business solution is a software that offers teachers new automated tools, based around what is described as “relative feedback”, which uses software to compare the student to the class, to previous students, and to the students previous submissions.

In addition the software will include a range of new comment management tools to provide students with greater insight into performance while making marking faster for teachers.

As second place winner of the 2018 EduGrowth LaunchPad Business Start business plan competition, Headset was awarded a cash prize of $2,000 as well as mentoring sessions from an EdTech Entrepreneur and other products and services to help advance this innovative EdTech business.

For more information about Headset, please contact:

Matthew McKinlay
[email protected]
James Reid
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