Assignment feedback is one of the most important factors underpinning effective learning.
Those who are most academically challenged are the least likely to accept or utilise standard written feedback (Reid 1995).
3 Institutional Benefits
Feedback has potential to enhance
4 Benefits for the students
An additional learning resource
Removes the feelings of uncertainty - clarifies the goals
Provides a sense of direction
5 Students Desires
To improve future assignments
Generic and specific feedback
How to suggestions
Why was it good
Maintenance of motivation
Positive comments too please
6 Lecturers Objectives
Strong similarity between student desires and lecturers objectives
7 Current PracticeLecturers
Written assignment top sheets
Belief that students look only at the percentage mark
Perceived diversity in terms of quantity quality and nature of comments
Is diversity real or illusory
8 Current Practice Students
Feedback forms not collected
30 admitted to not reading feedback forms
Strategic learning style
feedback lacks clarity and direction
9 Good practice according to the literature
avoid final vocabulary e.g. good right or poor - does not permit change or repetition
Use formative rather than summative language e.g. do dont and how rather than did didnt and why - gives direction for improvement
Focus of Feedback
comment on the essay and not the author
10 Considered Alternatives
Generalised Group Feedback
Some purely Formative Assessments
Student Directed Feedback
11 Experimenting with verbal feedback
Appreciated by students
4 students stated that feedback tutorial was the best thing about the module on evaluation forms
Expectations of essay and exam were made clear and as a result I felt a lot more confident in my ability.
12 Advantages and Disadvantages of verbal feedback
Comments more likely to be constructive and related to learning objectives
students remember more of the content
Opportunity for student voice
Time consuming - more than doubles workload
Lecturers confidence and social skills
13 Developing a more user friendly alternative Student Directed Feedback
Emphasises student voice
Motivation to read and use
legible generic indicator of performance
14 Piloting Student Directed Feedback
33 2nd Year Social Scientists
18 returned the forms with assignment
Only 8 asked for specific feedback
Examined the relationship between performance matrix and requests
Weaknesses and strengths targeted for comment
Strengths - Indication of poor judgement of ability
15 Students response to my feedback on assignments
14 students responded to my request for feedback on the feedback I had given them
65 felt the mark was fair - mean 64
35 felt the mark was unfair - mean 48
Unfair - mark was on average 5.6 lower than their average mark for level 2
Fair - mark was on average 4 higher than their average mark for level 2
Fair- 33 registered on my level three course
Unfair - 20 registered on my level three course
16 Why unfair
My essay was well structured and I made reference to all the areas the tutor told me to mention. Assistance was very limited. Tutor was meant to email me some information and failed to do even though I asked on numerous occasions (47).
When discussing essay plan with tutor I was told it was too broad so I had narrowed it down But in the right direction. I had used a similar structure to that of the essay plan I had submitted. Also the comments on essay plan is different to the I received on the actual essay (30)
17 Why fair
Yes- Pleased that the comments have stuck to the areas on which I asked for feedback. Good balance between positive and negative comments
Yes Well honestly I was hoping for and expecting it to be over 50 as I had put a lot of work and time into it as it was a retake. Though I will come to speak with you again perhaps if I do need help again (46b)
Very fair and Im very pleased with it Thank you (70)
18 Response to latest verbal feedback
My new nick name The BH
19 Introducing the Action Plan
Verbal feedback and then student completed an action plan
Outlined which aspect they would tackle in a future assignment and how they would go about it.
Need to identify resources
20 Did it work
The following year 60 of the students joined my level three group
After marking the assignments I compared the feedback I had written on the two separate occasions and also looked across the action plan sheets. For almost 50 of the students they were no longer receiving negative comments about the issues highlighted in the first assignment feedback
21 Why did it work
engaged with the issues
Took responsibility for improvement
Sense of hope.
Verbal feedback one student gained a first class award she claims this is because she learned to structure her assignments through the feedback given and the targeted effort she put in to her work.
22 Action Plans and Formative AssessmentViews from the students
I found the feedback very useful and was feeling much more confident while writing the report for the second time.
I usually read my assignment feedback from my tutors but I have learned that I should make a note in order to review it when writing the next assignment.
It was very useful because it points out my mistakes and how to bring it up to a better level it gave me a chance to achieve more.
I have taken notice of previous feedback but not I dont think I took as much notice as I would have liked to. This assignment made me put it into practice which feels good because I am more satisfied with the outcome of the final report.
The feedback helped me do more reading and finding lots of research I made sure I read through my work before resubmitting it most importantly I have learned from this assignment and I will make sure that I will use any feedback given to me. Thank you.
Prior to this I would never really looked at the feedback if I didnt need it I didnt look.
25 Lessons from being an external examiner
Consistency of evaluative global comments in relation to the marks awarded
Order of comments Big issues should dominate
Feedback suited to student ability
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