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Course summary and review of your learning

The feedback for learning course helps you to develop your understanding of how you can support your students' learning through use of feedback.

Thank you for joining us on this course. We hope you have found it interesting and it has given you information and ideas that will help you in your own teaching practice. We also hope you have enjoyed working with other learners, sharing knowledge and opinions.

In this short video we encourage you to persist in using feedback to support the learning of all your students.

In summary effective feedback:

  • Discusses learning not tasks – related to where students are going, how they are doing, where to next;
  • Is medical and not a post-mortem i.e. is about improving the learner not their tasks;
  • Discusses the success criteria (quality), highlights errors, misconceptions/misunderstandings, and actions to take;
  • Uses open questions to encourage students to do the thinking;
  • Raises aspirations, efforts and motivation through high expectations and belief in potential;
  • Moves from task performance towards task process and self regulatory levels, not the self level;
  • Supports students to react in a way so they increase their effort or raise their aspirations;
  • Is conducted as a two-way processes which supports students as learning apprentices in becoming experts and owners of their own learning.

As Andrea concludes:

Feedback is difficult, however, research shows that when used well it can have positive impacts on students’ learning so it really is worth persevering with.

Self-audit of your professional development

Now that we approach the end of this course we re-visit the self-audit task from the start of the course. The post-course self-audit will help you consider how your practice and thinking about planning for learning has changed.

Self-audit

  1. Access the self-audit task and complete it.
  2. At the end of the survey, click My responses.
  3. Click Download as PDF.
  4. Save the PDF where you will be able to retrieve it to review over the next few steps.
As you complete the self-audit, identify one aspect of your practice you have developed the most and one aspect you wish to further develop. Share these in the comments below.
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Feedback for Learning: Implementing Formative Assessment

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