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Feedback without Overload

Summary

Many professors may feel that a need to share the wealth of knowledge that they have acquired, but truly good teaching is not just sharing knowledge. Good teaching is creating good learning systems, which include rich feedback. How can rich feedback be provided at the frequency that is needed to improve student learning without creating too much of a burden for the professor? The answer comes in the creative use of non-teacher instructional feedback, or NIFs. This article outlines four sources of these NIFs.

  1. Students as NIFs - With some initial coaching, peer feedback can be an effective and efficient way for students to receive feedback
  2. Computer-based instructional programs as NIFs - Sites such as www.khanacademy.org and www.merlot.org can be valuable resources for feedback
  3. Experts as NIF - Encourage students to reach out to those with expertise to obtain feedback.
  4. Scholarly Databases as NIFs - Students can be assigned to compare their knowledge and understanding with what research data shows

Key Points

  • Rich and frequent feedback is important to a students learning
  • Feedback does not always have to be provided by the instructor directly

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