Making Connections: Using technology to improve student engagement with feedback
This paper will present the findings of a research study at SHU to identify technological interventions that might help students make connections between the feedback that they receive and their future learning. Using a qualitative approach, the study worked with ten tutors and twenty students. This was made up of four Level 5 cohorts (one from each faculty) including one module tutor and between three and six students, and an additional six tutors who taught on unrelated modules. The findings of the project cover each aspect of the assessment process from both the staff and student perspective including submission, giving and receiving feedback, storage and future use of feedback. In summary:
the process of submitting assignments should be easy and convenient, from anywhere and at anytime
any tool should embrace the current variety of feedback practice, yet achieve consistency in publishing feedback alongside the rest of the students’ learning materials
students store all their feedback in one place; there is a preference for hard copy because of circumstance, i.e. it is easier to print an electronic copy than to covert hard copy to an electronic format
students were more likely to look at and use feedback at the point of their next assignment if it is online
In light of these findings, a range of technological developments that might help students establish or better make connections between the feedback that they receive and future learning, including:
An end-to-end online marking experience that facilitates ease and efficiency of marking online.
An online assessment and feedback that enables students to store all feedback from all modules in one place alongside an assessment calendar, advice on how to use feedback effectively, space for action planning and dialogue around their feedback.
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