OLFM Workshop/Planning/Track 1

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Kelly Warnock, Ken Monroe, John O'Brien


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

Key Research

Communication Strategies

  • Initial Course Feedback (Introductions/welcome letter, Navigating the Course)
  • Preparing for Assignments
  • Discussions
  • Formative Feedback

Feedback on Assignments

  • Essay/Journal
  • Presentations
  • Tests/Quizzes

Blackboard Features

  • Rubrics
  • Student Data (categories of student interactions/submissions)
  • Survey/poll
  • Audio feedback


  • Discuss effective strategies
  • Problem-Solving / Case Studies
  • Evaluating Rubrics
  • Presentation (on key issues/research)
  • Teaching and Learning Portal
  • The portal is where participants will collaborate and record their learning during the workshop.


7 Things to Remember About Feedback

What is Feedback?

4 Questions

Student Survey on Feedback

Feedback Cycle

How Can Feedback Be Improved?