Getting feedback on a performance feels great if it’s positive.
“Gives Prompt Feedback” is one of the Seven Principles of Good Practice in Undergraduate Education (Chickering & Gamson, 1987)
Knowing what you know and don’t know focuses learning. Students need appropriate feedback on performance to benefit from courses. When getting started, students need help in assessing existing knowledge and competence. In classes, students need frequent opportunities to perform and receive suggestions for improvement. At various points during college, and at the end, students need chances to reflect on what they have learned, what they still need to know, and how to assess themselves.
Providing ways for students to assess their own work and the work of their peers would help them learn to critique and understand the critiquing process. Peer/self assessment won’t always replace feedback from an expert but it can certainly be helpful to use specific criteria and focus questions when learning the process of evaluating your own work compared to others.
What is a simple way to present these criteria and questions for students to use? Forms could work. I’m searching for good questions. I’m also wondering if the feedback given would help other students if it were available? Open assessment feedback is a larger question…