Awakening students to the value of feedback

Student feedback, particularly in relation to assessed work, is a hot topic. Various initiatives over the years have focused on ways to improve levels of student engagement and satisfaction with feedback but it continues to be both a challenging and key area for the institution and individual Schools.

In support of this, an LTC Open Forum workshop delivered by Anne MacNab from Edinburgh Napier University, was dedicated to the use of feedback for learning.  The workshop did not directly address the widely reported topic of what constitutes well designed and delivered feedback (well-trodden territory by many other academic institutions and staff), but instead considered the attitudinal perspectives of students who are receiving academic feedback, how it effects their associated actions and its impact upon their subsequent performance.

The workshop and its key concepts were extremely well-received by the Proctor, Directors of Teaching and other academic staff in attendance, and there was strong support for implementation within the University of St Andrews.

Further to this, preparations are now underway to pilot Edinburgh Napier’s approach in selected 1000 and 2000 level modules within the Schools of Computer Science and Classics during Semester 2 of AY 2013/14. Coordinated by Ros Campbell, Erwin Lai and Anne MacNab, the pilot aims to assess the viability, suitability and sustainability of the intervention for implementation across the wider University.

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