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The Theory and Practice of Feedback in Distance Learning

Learning Outcomes

After this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Describe various theories and applications of effective feedback
  • Plan opportunities to give feedback on formative learning activities.
  • Use a variety of tools to gather and provide feedback (surveys, rubrics, audio)
  • Discuss feedback challenges and opportunities in your courses

Guiding Questions

1. What is effective feedback?

2. How do we give students feedback? (what kind, how often, what modality, etc.)

3. What tools are readily available to use for gathering and providing feedback?

4. How can meaningful communication encourage assignment submission?


 Feedback in Formative & Summative Assessment

 Theory: Principles of Effective Feedback

 Issues and problems with assessment feedback

 Descriptive Feedback

 Motivating Students

 Types of Assignments: Discussions, Blogs, etc.

 Peer Feedback

 Using Rubrics in Blackboard Learn

 Audio Feedback

 Communication Tools

 Practice with Rubrics & Audio Feedback


Please feel free to share your thoughts on feedback:

What kinds of feedback do you give your students?


My students are not on Blackboard so I give them feedback through email. Those students who use MyMathLab can ask me questions through it. I also put detailed feedback on the assignments themselves. How can feedback be used to motivate students and improve their work? How can students be motivated to give feedback?

Key Research


7 Things to Remember About Feedback

What is Feedback?

4 Questions

Student Survey on Feedback

Feedback Cycle

How Can Feedback Be Improved?