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Good Feedback Principles and Practice

Feedback is an important part of the learning cycle. Good feedback principles should:

  • Promote dialogue and conversation around the goals of the assessment task;
  • Emphasise the instructional aspects of feedback and not only the correctional dimensions;
  • Remember to provide feed-forward-indicate what students need to think about in order to bring their task performance closer to the goals;
  • Specify the goals of the assessment task and use feedback to link student performance to the specified assessment goals;
  • Engage the students in practical exercises and dialogue to help them to understand the task criteria;
  • Engage the students in conversation around the purposes of feedback and feed-forward;
  • Design feedback comments that invite self-evaluation and future self-learning management; and
  • Enlarge the range of participants in the feedback conversation-incorporate self and peer feedback.

The University has an expectation that assessments will be marked and feedback provided within three weeks of the submission date.

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