“Who would dispute the idea that feedback is a good thing? Both common sense and research make it clear: Formative assessment, consisting of lots of feedback and opportunities to use that feedback, enhances performance and achievement. It’s also important for you to manage your grading and feedback responsibilities in a time-efficient manner.” – Grant Wiggins
Helpful Feedback is Specific
Providing students with specific and descriptive feedback is helpful to ensure the students understand the expectations for a particular assignment. Avoid using general phrases like “Good job” or “Keep it up” – as these provide no specific feedback on what they did that was correct.
Timely and Ongoing
The more immediate feedback is given, the more helpful it is. In addition, feedback does not always have to be summative but should be formative and given throughout the semester.
- Jean Mandernach Ph.D. and Jennifer Garrett (Faculty Focus): Effective Feedback
- Ron Martinez Ph.D. (Faculty Focus): Flipping Feedback
- Jean Mandernach and Jennifer Garrett (Faculty Focus): Effective Feedback Strategies for the Online Classroom
- SHSUOnline (eLearning Support Blog): Feedback Strategies for your Online Course
- Illinois Online Network (ION): Strategies for Providing Feedback in Online Courses
- Gavin Watson: Feedback Matters