Effective feedback offers positive, encouraging, critical and constructive commentary on students’ work, whether through formative, summative, or seminar-based learning activities. Aim to be inclusive through considering the diversity of your student cohorts and how feedback is integral to improving their learning journeys and study success.
The importance of effective feedback
Assessment feedback is a powerful opportunity to engage and support all students more effectively in their learning progress, including those who are less familiar with the practices and language of higher education. Students who are struggling, feel that they do not belong, or cannot achieve success in their studies will benefit from more frequent feedback, and the sense that the university and its staff care about their progress. Providing effective feedback is therefore vital for your all your students, especially those from equity groups.
Tips and ways to be inclusive
When considering inclusivity and effective feedback a solid starting point is to provide multiple feedback formats – these multiple feedback formats cater for learning variety and can even lead to a sense of social presence for cloud and distance-learning students when you provide video, audio and other multimedia interactions. Be sure to provide general feedback for the cohort as well. Providing constructive, fair and equitable feedback can motivate student improvement and create a productive bond between you and your students. For more information, continue reading below.
The Inclusive Feedback Model—developed by Deakin academic Susie Macfarlane and the School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences, with input from Centre for Research in Assessment and Digital Learning (CRADLE)—aims to improve feedback practices by designing, implementing, evaluating and disseminating a model of effective feedback that incorporates inclusive practice principles and guides.
Continue reading to find out more ways to think about and provide effective and inclusive feedback.