Delivering feedback that students can follow and apply is one of the most valuable things we can do as educators. It is most useful to students when it is short and forward-looking. The strongest learning effects occur when feedback becomes a conversation so students are engaging deeply with it. You can help this conversation happen by talking to students collectively about their work before a lecture, individually through email or by encouraging them to discuss feedback with you or other students.
Use this Short guide to effective feedback (PDF, 2,468kB) to help develop your feedback practices.
What are the next steps for the student? Provide three key points for improving the next piece of work.
Be clear why the marks have been given. Reference relevant marking criteria before and after the assignment.
Manageable and dialogic
Keep it short, digestible and concise but provide opportunities for students to discuss feedback with you or other students. When feedback becomes a dialogue, we know it is effective.
Legible and findable
Typed documents or digital feedback, such as Blackboard and Turnitin, ensure legibility and can be easily adapted for re-use.
Quick, effective and engaging, audio feedback provides a personal response and creates a sense of conversation.
Support for students
There are a number of other places students can get help with feedback, including Study Skills workshops, online resources and 1-1s, their subject librarian and their personal tutor.
The Digital Education Office also have a number of resources available on electronic feedback and audio recording.