Give Regular Feedback to Students

As instructors we provide feedback on assignments and exams, but sometimes this feedback is received too late. Nothing is worse than seeing a student halfway through the semester realize that they haven’t been learning anything in the course. This typically leads to the student having to withdraw from the course and possible losing a lot of money. As instructors we need to be providing not only formal feedback, but informal feedback in class which is what this tip suggests. This can help students transition through the competency model shown below.

Learner Low level of competence. Unaware of failings Low level of competence. Aware of failings but not having full skills to correct them Demonstrates competence but skills not fully internalised  or integrated. Has to think about activities Carries out tasks with conscious thought. Skills internalised and routine.
Little or no conscious awareness of detailed processes involved in activities
Helps learner to recognise weaknesses, identify areas for development and become conscious of incompetence Helps learner to develop and refine skills, reinforces good practice and competence, demonstrates skills Helps learner to develop and refine skills, reinforces good practice and competence through positive regular feedback Raises awareness of detail and unpacks processes for more advanced learning, notes any areas of weakness/bad habit




About simoncrothers

I am an Australian who moved to British Columbia, Canada with my family in 1998. After completing my undergraduate degree in mathematics and computing science at Simon Fraser University, I moved back to Australia for several years. During this time I completed a Masters in Computational Mathematics and began my teaching career in mathematics at the University of New South Wales. In 2010, I moved back to Canada and taught computer science at Douglas College for three years. I am currently regular faculty in the Computer Business Systems department at KPU. I have also taught some courses in the Business and Quantitative Methods department at KPU. In my spare time I like to spend time with my wife Jami, who I met in Australia, our three year old daughter Lillian, and our newly born son Aiden. I also like to indulge in the occasional video game and I am involved in various self-employed web development projects.
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