Oct. Tech Tip: Rethinking Feedback Using Technology

Nov. 5, 2021

Tired of giving feedback on every assignment? Stuck in your old feedback ways? Spending too much time on feedback? We hear you! Feedback is an essential part of the learning process for both students and instructors; however, it takes intense amounts of labor. Here are some strategies and resources to encourage you to mainstream feedback in ways that will benefit both your students and you. 

Automatic Feedback: Build in automatic rubrics and/or grades for lower-stakes assignments in your courses. Rather than grading all the things for lower stakes reflections, grading on completion can help track participation and process work without becoming burdensome. 

VoiceThread and Google Docs: On both VoiceThread and Google Docs you can directly comment on student work. This provides in-text feedback that students can draw from, allows you to keep a record of the information, and provides a space for students to respond.

Whole Class Feedback: In D2L you can create an announcement for all students that includes holistic feedback for the whole class based on patterns you’ve seen. You can then have students reflect and revise based on this feedback for their individual projects. This can save time on providing too much detailed individual feedback.

Peer Review: Peer Review is an excellent way for students to engage in getting and giving feedback to one another. For those less comfortable using Peer Review UA’s Writing and Learning Project has amazing resources on how to get started, implement, and assess student feedback practices.

Additional Resources:

 “How to Give Your Students Better Feedback with TechnologyChronicle of Higher Ed

D2L Consultation in OIA

UA VoiceThread

UA Writing and Learning Project: Peer Review