Giving student feedback in an online environment is as important as the course design itself. Students need to feel heard and feel that their work is being reviewed.
Dr. Bonk gives us insight on how we should provide feedback to our students online. You should consider a specific feedback plan for your course and share that plan with your students at the beginning of the term either as part of your syllabus or somewhere in your course orientation materials.
Before you watch the video below, consider the following questions and how they might affect your feedback and communication plan:
- How often should you utilize Announcements to the entire class? Once a week? Twice a week? In many cases, you’ll want to send out an announcement introducing the beginning of each week or module and then rely on announcements depending on student engagement and completion of the week’s material.
- How quickly will you respond to emails from your students?
- How quickly will you provide feedback for learning activities and assessments?
- Does scaffolding of the coursework require you to provide timely feedback so students are equipped to continue their way through the course material?
These two articles provide best practices in immediate feedback:
- 5 Research-Based Tips for Providing Students with Meaningful Feedback
- 20 Ways To Provide Effective Feedback For Learning (this article gives 20 general ways to provide effective feedback, but note what it says regarding the wording of the feedback. THIS should be the type of feedback used in auto-graded activities)
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