Leveraging Technology to Support Effective Assessment Feedback Practices


Extract from Issue#6 of Teaching Tuesdays@CSU

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 Leveraging Technology to Support Effective Assessment Feedback Practices

By Dr Tracii Ryan, Faculty of Education, Monash University

Source: ASCILITE TELall Technology Enhanced Learning Blog

This blog post highlights the 18-month research project undertaken by Dr Ryan and her colleagues in Victoria on Feedback for Learning: Closing the assessment loop.

Quoting from the blog post, they:

identified twelve conditions that helped achieve feedback success. Feedback is successful when…

Capacity for Feedback

  1. Learners and educators understand and value feedback
  2. Learners are active in the feedback process
  3. Educators seek and use evidence to plan and judge effectiveness
  4. Learners and educators have access to appropriate space and technology

Designs for Feedback

  1. Information provided is usable and learners know how to use it
  2. It is tailored to meet the different needs of learners
  3. A variety of sources and modes are used as appropriate
  4. Learning outcomes of multiple tasks are aligned

Culture for Feedback

  1. It is a valued and visible enterprise at all levels
  2. There are processes in place to ensure consistency and quality
  3. Leaders and educators ensure continuity of vision and commitment
  4. Educators have flexibility to deploy resources to best effect.

Their data showed that technology had a role in enabling, or limiting, all twelve of these conditions.

Dr Ryan included two case study examples in her blog post, with further examples available at the project website: www.feedbackforlearning.org.