Effective student feedback is a critical part of contemporary education. The systems discussed in these pages consider perceptions of quality and their relationship to student engagement.
Why Quality Matters
In the movement towards student-centric learning there is a focus upon achieving greater student engagement within their learning process. Greater engagement with the learning process leads to higher achievement and reduces student attrition rates. Engagement is influenced by many factors outside of the institutions control such as socioeconomic status, parental education and occupation, age and gender. However, the institution does have influence over engagement via the quality of their teaching.
Quality teaching has the power to transform student engagement.
Why Quality Feedback
Feedback provides students with an evaluation of their progress as well as guidance for further improvements. Feedback on assignments is different from course content delivery in that it involves a one-to-one dialogue between assessor and student. Students have higher involvement in the feedback process because their own personal effort is being assessed. Assessors have higher involvement in the feedback process where the dialogue with the student is of a personal nature. Feedback has the potential to create higher student engagement via a higher quality of communications from their assessor.
Quality feedback engages students more when it appears personalised.
Why Research Quality
Quality Feedback is not just about content, it is about delivery too. Increasing immersion in technologically aided education provides increasing opportunities to present information in engaging ways. Implementations of learning technologies are often based on affordances at hand rather than informed design. Evidence-based implementations of technology allows us to improve the perceived quality and engagement of feedback content.
Evidence-based design for feedback via technologies improves perceived quality of feedback.