Magic of Feedback
Concurrent Session 5
One of the best ways to combat feelings of isolation online is through providing meaningful feedback to students. Join us as we conjure some magic and cover best practices of feedback in the online classroom.
In education, the word "feedback" has many strong connotations. Most believe giving feedback to students is important, but students report a lot of dissatisfaction with the feedback they receive due to a lack of helpful or timely comments. Faculty also often report finding it extremely time-consuming and burdensome. Faculty may even doubt whether students actually read or engage with the feedback they are given. We want to help our audience combat all of that, by showing participants how to improve their feedback to students and to weave it into their course in more meaningful ways!
First, we'll talk about why we're here and define feedback a bit, in addition to giving examples of effective versus less effective feedback, and soliciting examples from the audience. We'll also talk about the concept of feedback versus feedforward, discuss ways to leverage automated feedback, give some practical examples for involving students in the feedback processes, and end with a discussion about scaling feedback to large format online courses.
The goal of our presentation is to provide faculty with tangible takeaways for improving students' performance and sense of connection in online courses through the usage of feedback. Feedback, when applied effectively, can positively impact the social, teaching and cognitive presence in an online course. It can also help promote wisdom over knowledge for both the faculty and their students and inspire students to have a growth mindset and confidence in the skills they are learning and how the apply to the real world. This may not be a spells and potions kind of magic, but to anyone with a love for educating, it's still pretty magical!