Feedback & Assessment
Feedback is essential for learning, especially in online learning where informal questions and feedback might be perceived as more difficult because it’s not possible for students to walk up to you at the end of a lecture or seminar. When you (re)design a course, decide for each activity what type of feedback you will give and how it will be given.
Formative & Summative assessment
During your course you can choose between two different types of assessment, depending on the goal you want to achieve. Formative assessment is used during your course to assess how much your students have learned so far and to diagnose which topics or parts need to be addressed more fully. Formative assessment is not for a grade but is for you as a teacher to receive insight into how to adjust your course to the needs of your students. Summative assessment on the other hand is a way of assessment that is often used to form the final grade or assessment. It is also a way to standardize the student performances so the results can be compared.
Immediate feedback & automated scoring
Quizzes can provide immediate feedback automatically. All you need to do is create a quiz on Brightspace or Kaltura and provide the correct answers and feedback once. Depending on the tool you use, it might be possible to have open questions as well. This format is well suited for self-assessments and exam preparation.
More information on how to do this can be found on this Brightspace Screensteps page or in the Kaltura blog from the library. Use these tips and tricks from Brigham Young University to create good quality multiple choice questions.
Feedback & grading by the teacher
When you provide feedback and grades to you students, it’s recommended to use rubrics and set expectations on what students will receive. Consider the following:
- Are the feedback and grade formative or summative?
- What type of feedback will you give? Suggestions, indications for improvement or just pointers to what is wrong?
- What type of grade will students receive and what are the consequences?
- What are the deadlines and conditions for handing in and getting feedback and grades back?
- Is there a moment for questions after receiving the grade and/or feedback?
Feedback & grading by peer review
As a teacher, you are the expected source when it comes to providing feedback. Students value your opinion and judgement, and like to know how they are doing, but providing feedback also takes a lot of time. In some cases a peer review can just be as effective, with the added benefit that both parties will learn from the peer review session and it will contribute to the academic development of your students. Make sure to address the points explained for Feedback & grading by the teacher in this situation as well. More information about peer feedback can be found here on this page.