1 Feedback is well timed – In general, feedback should be given at regular intervals during a module and directly after an assignment. Feedback is most useful at the earliest opportunity after the an assignment is completed.
2Feedback is clear – Written, descriptive comments need to be in language that is accessible to the students. If you are giving feedback through video or face to face, you should speak clearly using vocabulary your students will understand.
3Feedback encourages reflection and self-assessment – The feedback you give on assignments should not merely correct student’s errors. It should actively require students to reconsider their work and think about why, for example, their code may be incorrect or how it could be improved in the future.
4Feedback is not a grade – Feedback on assignments that just includes grades with a few short sentences should be avoided. Motivating feedback in comments, questions or discussions provided frequently during the assignment encourage engagement and the desire to succeed.
5Encourage teacher and peer dialogue – You should try to find as many oppertunities to discuss the progress of student work as they journey through an assignment. A diologic approach to feedback creates a better relationship between lecturer and student while also providing the most clarity.
6 Clarify what good performance is – Your feedback should identify areas for improvement and demonstrate how to ‘close the gap’ between where students are and where they need to be. Exemplars of past work are a good way to show students where they could improve.
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