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Incorporating Feedback


What is feedback?

Feedback is information and advice provided either to help inform current work or to help you reflect on work you have already done. Feedback is an essential element of the learning process. It allows students to reflect on their learning, clarify areas where they can improve, and gain the opportunity to self-assess their skills and capabilities.

In education, two types of feedback are recognized: formative and summative. Formative feedback is to help you improve or develop your work while there is still time to make improvements or changes. Summative feedback is information that usually comes at the end of a module or assignment that tells you how you have performed. This could be a grade or could include written feedback, either personal or generic.

Read on for some more information about feedback and how it can help students of all ages!

What are the benefits of feedback?

Feedback is crucial in aiding us to improve the standard of our current work and can help us inform our future work. Great feedback can:

1. Inform the development of current work: highlight areas to develop or change, provide new ideas, introduce different perspectives

2. Help you improve work for future assessments

3. Provide new ideas, create inspiration, inspire a different approach

3. Encourage you and help you see unrecognized merit or potential in your own work

4. Stimulate independence

5. Develop versatility by informing how you work

Feedback Blackboard

How does feedback work?

Feedback is part of a process, not an object or commodity. Engaging with feedback is an integral part of your learning, development, and understanding. Feedback comes from a variety of sources both formal and informal. Different sources might be more informed in aspects of technology, theory, and process, but all can expose you to different agendas.

Feedback Figure 1

How should I incorporate feedback?

You will usually need to actively reflect upon and interpret your feedback for it to be effective. You may get conflicting feedback or opinions that leads in different directions. It is your responsibility to decide what to do with feedback: this process should deepen your understanding.

Feedback Figure 2

First and foremost we need to listen and read through the feedback obtained. Reflect and decide what to do: what changes should be made, what has worked in the past? Follow up with a specific plan!

How can we make the most of feedback?

1. Prepare

2. Check for clarity: make sure work is clear and clearly presented

3. Question yourself: what questions might you be asked? What would you like advice on?

4. Check past feedback: don’t repeat the same mistakes

5. Listen and apply

How can we prepare for feedback?

1. Expectations: what type of feedback are you likely to receive? How much feedback can you expect?

2. Be open to feedback by listening: constructive criticism is helpful

3. Give and take feedback: share your ideas/ skills with others

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