Educators work hard to give their students thoughtful feedback on their work. But how helpful do students ﬁnd that feedback? The infographic below explores the disconnect between their views, as shown in our study of over 2,000 students and educators (September 2014).
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➡ FICTION In fact, the majority of students surveyed ﬁnd written or typed feedback “very” or “extremely effective,” while a minority of educators surveyed thought that to be the case.
FACT 70% of students find written or typed feedback very or extremely effective.
FACT 39% of educators ﬁnd typed comments “very” or “extremely effective,” and 31% find written comments on paper “very” or “extremely effective.”
➡ FACT The majority of both students and educators surveyed ﬁnd face-to-face feedback as “very” or “extremely effective.” The challenge is that only about 30% report receiving that feedback.
FACT 76% of students and educators view face-to-face as “very” or “extremely effective.”
FACT 29% of students receive face-to-face comments “very” or “extremely often.”
Provide the beneﬁts of face-to-face feedback by considering new feedback formats like voice and audio comments. These alternatives save time and overcome scheduling constraints. Talk to your students. Ask them how they’d most like to see feedback.
➡ FICTION Students report wanting constructive feedback on their work, identifying suggestion for improvement as most helpful. What they reported as finding least effective is feedback limited to either praise or discouragement.
FACT Students ranked “suggestions for improvement” as the most helpful type of feedback (4.04), followed closely by “specific notes written in the margins.”
FACT Students ranked “praise or discouragement” as the least effective (3.62) type of feedback. They also report not receiving this type of feedback very often (3.32).
Reach out to your students to discover what type of “suggestions for improvement” might help them most. Establish a collaborative dialogue where students can identify and receive optimal feedback from their instructors as well as their peers.
➡ FACT There was a wide gap in perceived effectiveness in six of the eight categories that were surveyed.
|Types of Feedback||Educator||Students||Gap|
|General, Overall Comments||33.66%||66.99%||33.33%|
|Specific Notes in Margins||46.81%||73.40%||26.59%|
|Showing What I Did Right||47.87%||68.16%||20.29%|
|Suggestions for Improvement||59.22%||76.04%||16.82%|
|Using Criteria or Rubrics||52.43%||68.67%||16.24%|
|Use of Examples||65.59%||69.14%||3.55%|
|Praise or Discouragement||53.47%||56.92%||3.45%|
FACT Even though 67% of students say general, overall comments about their paper are “very” or “extremely effective,” only 33% of educators view general, overall comments about the paper as “very” or “extremely effective.”
FACT Both educators and students agreed on the effectiveness of feedback that uses examples and feedback that uses praise or discouragement. The greatest difference occurs with “general, overall comments about the paper” and “specific note written in the margins.”
Drill down to what effective feedback means to your students. Download the full infographic and get a survey to gauge feedback effectiveness in your classroom.
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Turnitin is launching a more detailed study in the spring of 2015 to better understand how students respond to feedback. Some questions we hope to answer include: “What makes feedback ‘effective’?” and “What aspects of an instructor’s feedback do students understand?” Encourage your students to participate by sharing the following link to the student survey.Link to Student Survey