Student Perceptions of Instructor Feedback
Feedback in online modalities continues to be an important area of discussion. As a result, there is need to examine the most valuable way to provide feedback to benefit student learning. In this session, research on student perceptions of feedback will be presented. Research findings will provide faculty and administrators with greater understanding of the most valuable ways to provide discussion forum feedback that is most beneficial to student learning in the online classroom.
Our purpose as faculty is to prepare our students for the next phase of their lives. Among our various responsibilities, we engage, teach, develop, inspire, question, challenge, and…we provide feedback. Feedback in the online modality takes on many forms; but what is most effective?
Key areas related to feedback in the online modality identified in the literature include level and detail of feedback (Barabczyk & Best, 2019; Kyrilov & Noelle, 2014; Planar & Moya, 2016), student preferences related to feedback (Nixon, Brooman, Murphy, & Fearon, 2017; Percell, 2017; Smith, Ralph, MacLeod, & Smilek, 2019), personalized feedback (Baleni, 2015; Percell, 2017; Plana-Erta, Moya, & Simo, 2016), student learning (Baleni, 2015; Dlaska & Krekeler, 2017; Mu & Hatch, 2019; Planar & Moya, 2016), and student perceptions and use(Diefes-Dux, 2018; Ekahitanond , 2013; Luaces, Diez & Bahamonde 2018; Suzan, Gorban, Levesley, & Mirkes, 2019; Martínez-Argüelles, Plana, Hintzmann, Batalla-Busquets, & Badia, 2015). As faculty and administrators, it is important to understand what feedback student use, what they like, and what is most useful. Understanding the influence that characteristics such as level of detail, focus, target, and grade reference can assist faculty in providing feedback that is most beneficial to students.
In this session, research on student perceptions of feedback will be presented. Research findings will provide faculty and administrators with greater understanding of the most valuable ways to provide discussion forum feedback that is most beneficial to student learning in the online classroom. In addition to presentation of research findings, faculty and administrators attending this session will have the opportunity to collaborate, brainstorm, and explore best practices for feedback in the online modality.