Showcase / Showcase: Making Feedback Part of Learning Using Turnitin / Activity : Making Feedback Part of Learning Using Turnitin

Dr Kirsty Miller – Head of School – School of Psychology– Staff Profile


The idea behind this activity is based on working collaboratively with students to design an assessment feedback format that works effectively for them.

Once this had been developed, rather than using the standard method of providing feedback, the School chose to create a new feedback template and embed this into Turnitin. The same feedback form is now used by all teachers in the School. The advantages of this approach are

(1) a consistency of feedback presentation across all teachers and all topics, which is important in a School of 55 academic teachers

(2) improved quality of information

(3) legibility (previous feedback on assessments had been hand-written). Also of note is the fact that these records are now stored digitally and students can re-visit them whenever they wish.

Implementing this method throughout the School has had a significant impact on student engagement: firstly, students from all three year groups were involved in developing the feedback form, and secondly, the quality of assessment feedback. A new standard for assessment feedback using a collaboratively developed universal template has substantially improved feedback. The evidence for this is seen in the positive feedback in the National Student Survey.

To maintain the currency of this engagement, the School recognises that there is a need to re-visit the design of the feedback form every three years as the school takes in fresh cohorts of students.

Further development:

To develop this activity further, students can be invovled with designing assessments to ensure that students are part of the course development process.

Methods and tools used:

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