On feedback: how students engage with feedback is as important as its content

From experience to meaning...

This study actually didn’t surprise me at all, not so illogical for a review study. Still it’s something worth repeating: the key message from the study is that effective feedback needs to be a dialogue – not a one-way communication.

From the press release (bold by me):

Getting feedback on assignments is a key part of the learning process for students, and optimising its effectiveness is particularly important in an era of rising tuition fees and concern among universities about student satisfaction levels and their impact on league table rankings.

The systematic review, which looked at evidence from 195 different studies published since 1985, revealed that learners’ engagement with feedback is often poor, with many students failing to look at written feedback or only looking at it once. The review acknowledges that there are a range of reasons why students fail to engage effectively with feedback — for example, they may…

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