Closing the Loop: Leveraging Technology to Provide Feedback to Guide Student Learning

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Brief Abstract

Learn how to leverage technology to provide students with the feedback they need to guide their learning while minimizing teaching workload.  From features and tools found in most learning management systems to lecture capture technologies to offer audio and video feedback, come find out how to deliver constructive feedback efficiently and effectively. 


I work as the sole instructional designer at Montana State University, with an emphasis on preparing faculty to teach online. When I am not instructional designing and supporting faculty, I enjoy many of the outdoor activities Western Montana has to offer, including hiking, fly fishing, backpacking, skiing, and mountain biking. I am originally from Upstate New York and completed my master's degree in educational technology from the University of Arizona. While in Arizona, I was also an instructor at Northern Arizona University, teaching both face-to-face and online courses.

Extended Abstract

Providing students with feedback is a critical part of the learning process, which is even more critical in a self-directed online learning environment. Informing students of what they know and don’t know can help guide their learning and effort in the proper direction.  Chickering and Gamson (1987) in their research-based seminal work The Seven Principles for Good Practice in Undergraduate Education recognized the important role feedback played in student success and learning by including it as practice number 4: Good [Teaching] Practice Gives Prompt Feedback.


However, delivering timely, frequent, and personalized feedback following best practices to scores of students in multiple courses can be overwhelming and time consuming when tasked with covering a set amount of content.  In this presentation, I will propose technologies and strategies that can help instructors deliver feedback efficiently and effectively to students while minimizing workload and increasing the likelihood students will engage with and act on the feedback.


These technologies include:


  • Audio Feedback
  • TurnItIn (Feedback Bank)
  • Intelligent Agents (Automated Feedback)
  • Adaptive Release (Assignment Handler)


The presentation will first instill the importance of providing feedback to students, followed by a brief discussion of the common challenges associated with giving feedback, and then offer some technological solutions to address those challenges.