How to Provide Student Feedback in the Digital World

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Providing meaningful student feedback is a critical, yet often overlooked, part of teaching and learning in a digital world. 

So much of digital learning involves online tutorials, games, and testing that student feedback can be an afterthought or is sometimes left out of the education process entirely.

Digital platforms as student feedback centers

Many digital platforms provide perfect centers for student feedback. Classroom websites, blogs, Learning Management Systems (Schoology and Edmodo, for example), and social networks are perfect places for an ongoing virtual conversation between teacher and student. This conversation about learning is invaluable, as it presents learners with detailed information about what a teacher has observed.

Digital platforms make the conversation about learning easy, especially for shy students who may be uncomfortable talking to teachers or peers face to face about their class work. Of course, student feedback in the digital world replaces traditional grades, which are subjective and punitive, and the blog, LMS and social network create comfortable environments that put the conversation in the palms of students’ hands.

Student feedback in practice

Although student feedback online works with various feedback models, teachers should maintain consistency when creating a conversation about learning, attempting to provide detailed objective feedback. A model like SE2R, pictured above, helps students understand the framework of conversation. A student feedback model will help students become self-evaluative, while inspiring them to revisit prior learning and to hone activities, with the goal of mastery learning in mind. 

This video demonstrates SE2R feedback applied to student writing on a classroom blog.

Learn more about the SE2R formula in Assessment 3.0: Throw Out Your Grade Book and Inspire Learning. And please share your own methods for providing student feedback in a digital world.

Remember, the conversation about feedback in a no-grades classroom is always active at the Teachers Throwing Out Grades Facebook group and on Twitter at #TTOG. 

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Mark Barnes is the author of many education books, including Bestseller Hacking Education, part of his Hack Learning Series, books that solve big problems with simple ideas. Barnes presents internationally on assessment, connected education, and student-centered learning. Join more than 100,000 interested educators who follow @markbarnes19 on Twitter.
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