Feedback is information about the merits and areas for development of a piece of work. In the case of summative assessment, feedback is also related to the criteria and standards for assessment. Feedback can be provided by staff and/or peers throughout a module in order to support learning, to facilitate improvement and to help to develop the evaluative skills of students. Timing is important: students benefit from feedback on their work at a time when they are best able to use it and in a way that does not increase the burden of assessment for staff or students.
At YSJ we have developed, through a collaborative process, our own University Feedback Principles:
Develop a shared understanding of assessment and feedback within staff teams to create a coherent programme-level approach.
Support students to develop evaluative expertise, self-regulation of their learning and to be able to articulate judgement about their own work and work of others.
Design formative activities that provide students with feedback they can implement within a module.
Enable students to solicit feedback on areas that matter most to them in order to more specifically direct future learning.
Design feedback strategies that require students to engage in dialogue with tutors and peers to stimulate reflection on their learning.
Support students to synthesise feedback from a variety of sources to develop longer term personal and professional development plans.
The aim of this website & blog is to share ideas about how we put them into practice to enhance student learning.