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Feedback

Feedback is really important for students to understand where they can improve. Remember feedback happens all the time, it isn’t confined to just assignment feedback, for example, you can give feedback in seminars (just make sure your students know that it’s feedback!).  See below for some top tips:

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1. Make use of Moodle's marking guides

Use Moodle’s built-in marking guides and rubric features to help automate marking - this is really useful to help standardise your marking.

  • You could use quick comments, which can be saved and reused across your different modules.
  • Feedback via comments and files are easy to use and is particularly useful if there are multiple markers, as you can separate text boxes for each marker to use.
  • Alternatively, you can mark offline in Word or via PDF by downloading student submissions into a zip folder. Once marking is complete, the zip folder is reuploaded and will be automatically associated with the relevant student.

For more information see the online assessment and feedback for assignments in Moodle online course.

2. A picture is worth a thousand words

Consider using video feedback, as this can improve students understanding. You could mark the assignment live with the student and use screen capture to record the feedback. Alternatively, you can add a pre-recorded video/audio feedback to Moodle when you are marking - this is useful for students who benefit from visual feedback and gives them the opportunity to revisit the feedback in their own time. See online assessment and feedback for assignments in Moodle online course for more information.

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3. Feed forward

If you're planning a feedback session, you could ask your students what areas they’d like specific feedback about to make the feedback session extra useful. You could use tools like Microsoft Forms to gather the feedback in advance. You can ask students to reflect on their previous feedback and turn the feedback into an ongoing conversation focussed on what they could do to their work to improve in the future.

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4. What do you want to know?

You can add extra questions to LUMES evaluations for feedback from students at the end of their module, so think about what do you want feedback on as the tutor?

If you want some informal feedback from students throughout your module, consider regular one question quick polls to students in your sessions to get feedback. You can do this through an active quiz or Choice in Moodle to do a quick poll in real time, or Microsoft Forms for a simple survey. To learn more about when to use polls or surveys, see the short video on four purposes for collecting feedback based on an academic paper from Kristina Edström.

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5. Be inclusive and accessible

If you are planning feedback in a group session remember that some students, particularly those with social communication challenges or anxiety can struggle to contribute. See the General Accessibility expectations for further information on inclusion and accessibility.