DEVELOPMENTAL FEEDBACK MADE SIMPLE
The mark given to a piece of work is the evaluation.
Feedback is not about justifying that evaluation.
Extracts from the University’s regulations GEAR
Assessments – students should be provided with;
“The grading criteria which set out the different levels of attainment within each assessment criterion. The criteria for each assessment should be as clear as possible to students and examiners” page 17 point iv
Feedback should be:
“….. legible, provided in clear accessible language and in an accessible format for the student; related to the learning outcomes and linked explicitly to marking criteria of the assessment (i.e. task-focussed), to indicate the extent to which the work has met the requirements of the assessment task. This facilitates a student’s understanding of their achievement in the assessment; constructive and indicate both strengths and areas for improvement to enable students to be self-reflective and take action to improve their learning” page 19.
Feedback is about providing students with constructive comments that tell them how to develop.
The feedback process therefore is:
- Based on criteria – that have been made available, including % weightings (this is a requirement) BBS rubrics
- Non-judgemental language – avoiding using words such as ‘fails’, ‘lacks’, etc – the mark gives the evaluation/judgement
- Developmental – how to develop, including appropriate resources.
1: Develop your marking citeria
Consider using the % function on Turnitin or studentcentral rubrics. Both the undergraduate office and post graduate office will do this, if provided with the rubric in word format. This is included in the assessment review form
Step 2: Develop marking guidance for tutors on the module
Decide as team if verbal feedback as well as comments on text and general comments are to be used. Be consistent.
If verbal comments are used, consider a standard text to add to the comments box (see marking guidance example below).
Step 3: Frame your comments
- Points noted,
- Areas to develop and solutions/resources.
The key here is if you do find yourself writing you did not……….. reframe the statement……….to develop do…..and if relevant add a solution/resource.
Step 4: Develop general feedback guidance
It is possible to create general guidance that can be provided to students before they submit their work.
Step 5: Consider developing module Quick Marks
This will enable pre-determined text to be used when adding comments. QuickMark Manager is found by opening a Turnitin assignment then clicking on the Libraries tab. Marion Curdy will provide support if needed.