Giving Feedback to Students

Giving feedback to students

Importance of Theme “Giving feedback to students”

The theme “giving feedback to students” is important as it encourages students’ educational development and ensures that students are able to receive criticism on their work.

Dr Phil Race, Addressing Student Satisfaction – adopted from material published in Making Teaching Work by Phil Race and Ruth Pickford, London: Sage, 2007).

How to give detailed feedback on students’ work ?

  • Use technology to get more feedback comments to large-groups of students. For example, give students a considerable quantity of generic feedback at the point at which they submit their work for marking. Then use some of the time you save (not now having to write similar comments about common mistakes repeatedly on different students’ work) to give each student specific useful feedback about their own particular work.
  • Use face-to-face contexts such as whole-class lectures to give students feedback, bringing the additional dimensions of tone-of-voice, body language and so on to bear on increasing students’ feeling that they have indeed got detailed comments on at least some aspects of their work. Remember to remind them that “this is feedback”.

Giving Feedback to Students.
Research (for example; Duffy 2013, Fry et al 2015) has confirmed what most teachers already know: providing students with meaningful feedback can greatly enhance learning and improve student engagement and achievement. Consider feedback as written or oral developmental advice on a student’s performance, and that it is fundamental to the learning process. The objective of feedback is to help learners maximise their potential, raise awareness of their strengths and areas for improvement, and should include action points or targets to improve performance.

Silhouette of two head with speech bubbles, saying “Feed” “Back”, suggesting a dialogue.

Giving Student Feedback: 20 Tips To Do It Right

Effective ways to use feedback.
Here are five research-based tips for providing students with the kind of feedback that will increase motivation, build on existing knowledge, and help them reflect on what they’ve learned. Effective ways to use feedback.

Marking online with GradeMark®.
You should consider trying GradeMark® if your school or college hasn’t already done so. GradeMark® is accessed through Turnitin and is an online marking tool.


The theme is also significant in relation to the National Student Survey and the Higher Education Academy Fellowship.

National Student Survey

The theme has been taken from the National Student Survey question “I have received detailed feedback on my work” under the category Assessment and Feedback.

In the recent 2014 NSS results 67% of students at Swansea University agreed that I have received detailed feedback on my work.

Higher Education Academy

The theme is also important in regards to the United Kingdom Professional Standards Framework (UKPSF) as “giving feedback to students” contributes to Areas of Activity A3, Teach and/or support learning.

For more information on the UKPSF follow the link

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