Assessment Feedback

The student’s grades and feedback give them an idea of how they are performing and what they can do to improve. Prompt Feedback is essential in an online class and is more important than quality feedback that takes longer to complete.   While quality feedback is important, it is important to know that by the time you grade and complete quality feedback, the student has moved on to the current week’s materials, discussion or assignment.

Prompt Feedback is not:

  • A grade and/or a good job
  • Not more than two weeks after the assignment due date.

Prompt feedback is: 

  • Completed in a week (best practice) or two after the assignment due date. Feedback on assignments that build on each other need to be completed before the student begins the next part of the assignment.
  • Selective in nature and comments on two or three things that the student can do something about.
  • Forward-looking and suggests how students might improve future assignments.
  • Points out the positive and the negative issues in a balanced format.
  • Understandable and expressed in a language that students will understand.
  • Points out specific examples where the feedback applies.

Feedback Time Savers

Rubrics- Creating a rubric takes the time upfront but pays off in ease of use and time saved when grading students’ assignments.  Use the canvas rubric grading tool for faster grading.

Automatic Feedback-  Create feedback for each question and/or answer when using Canvas quizzes.  Feedback should move beyond the typical correct/incorrect so that students have the opportunity to learn from their mistakes. Add detailed information on incorrect answers to include the correct answer, and where to find the content in the course to review.

Peer Feedback- Utilize peer editing as a feedback option.

Canned Feedback- Compile a common list of feedback for each assignment and copy and paste to create feedback for students. This only works after the first time an assignment has been deployed.

CATs- Use Classroom Assessment techniques to compile feedback and close the loop by sharing feedback with the students.

Resources: Give students links to outside resources or content to supplement feedback.


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