methods for providing feedback might include:
- Having learners
provide peer evaluation of student activities ( e.g. article reviews,
online projects, etc.)
in online discussions,
providing summaries of major topics, weaving together student comments
to clarify a point or encourage discussion.
- Having small groups
of students working together to produce and present a group project
(the learner groups will provide peer feedback to group members). The
instructor can work with the student groups by providing formative evaluation
and feedback as the projects progress and groups request instructor
- Providing detailed
and specific feedback on student assignments. Let your students know
where and why they lost marks. Use feedback to encourage your students
to reflect upon their performance. If appropriate, provide links to
references that might assist your students in understanding your assessment.
For example you might reference an article or website that deals with
a specific element of the course assignment (e.g. "Have another
look at the readings article 'Online Teaching and Learning' and their
discussion of feedback requirements for online learners.").
- Using an online
discussion forum to provide general feedback for assignments. This will
save you some time when marking individual (or group) assignments and
give students an idea of "where the class is". However, you
still need to provide specific individualized feedback to your learners.
- Providing a discussion
forum before each assignment might also save you some time responding
to individual inquiries and ensure that all students are getting the
same information. Encourage students post their questions to this class
forum instead of seeking individual advice or assistance.
Check out our Faculty
Comments on Evaluation and Feedback page where you can read hints
from an experienced online instructor.
suggestions, have a look at the University of Illinois web page on "Strategies
for Providing Feedback".
you think of any thing else?
Let us know, and we'll add them to our list.
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