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Instructional Feedback: Tech Tools to Redefine the F Word

Christopher Daniel (Eastern Kentucky University & University of Kentucky, USA)
Kara Renfro (Eastern Kentucky University, USA)
Session Information
October 14, 2015 - 3:45pm
Faculty and Professional Development & Support
Major Emphasis of Presentation: 
Practical Application
Institutional Level: 
Multiple Levels
Audience Level: 
Session Type: 
Information Session
Northern Hemisphere E2
Session Duration: 
45 Minutes
Concurrent Session 4

This session explores technologies and approaches for providing students with instructional feedback.

Extended Abstract

Students crave your feedback, but sometimes there aren't enough hours in the day!

Recent research in online distance education has shown students are more successful when they authentically and regularly interact with course content, their fellow students, and the instructor (Abrami, Bernard, Bures, et al.).
A study by Gallien and Oomen-Early (2008) suggests personalized feedback on student assignments and course progress is an important form of student-to-instructor interaction, and a hallmark of good instructional design.
Wiggins (2012) identified seven traits of effective instructional feedback:
- Goal Referenced
- Tangible
- Transparent
- Actionable
- Consistent
- Timely
- User Friendly
Faculty often cite time constraints as a primary reason for not providing individualized feedback. Wiggins argues, that feedback is essential to student learning outcomes. We should all make time to engage our students personally.
From web applications to screen cast solutions, this session explores technologies and approaches for providing students with instructional feedback. Detailed, timely responses to written work, presentations, and other assignments help students gain more insight into the subject matter, and contributes to the learning process. Join us as we discuss strategies and propose feedback tools that will enrich online courses and guide students toward successful learning outcomes.
Session Objectives
Successful participants should be able to develop an approach to providing timely, insightful instructional feedback based on information and strategies discussed in the presentation:
1. Briefly consider some instructional feedback research and its influence on learning outcomes.
2. Identify instructional feedback technologies currently in use and suggested in this session.
3. Share affective approaches designed to best engage students.
4. Describe, exchange, and reflect upon feedback strategies used in online courses.
There will be ample opportunity for audience questions, responses, and comments after the presentation.

Lead Presenter

16 Year instructional technology and design veteran.
Doctoral Candidate in instructional systems design under Gary Anglin
Research interests:
Cognitive Load Theory
Instructional treatments in distance education