Improving student learning with individual feedback

Date and time: December 5th, 12:15 – 13:15

Location: ETH Zentrum, HG D18.1

Improving student learning with individual feedback. Providing formative assessment at scale

Providing students with feedback has been shown to be one of the most effective ways teaching staff can support learning (Hattie, 2008). Ideally feedback is provided at a time when students can most make use of it. This necessitates that feedback is provided multiple times and early enough, so that students still have sufficient time to react to the feedback in a meaningful way. When student groups are small this task is very manageable, however as student numbers climb, additional challenges present themselves. This Refresh Teaching event will provide different examples of practical ways to organize and conduct activities that result in useful feedback to large groups of students.

Dr. Lukas Fässler will present how his group organises individual feedback in a first-year course unit at the Department of Computer Science using face-to-face appointments, assessment of the student’s learning and online tasks. Prof. Dr. Carlo Thilgen will share his experience with using feedback in large first-year chemistry classes resulting in improved student performance. Dr. Urs Brändle will use examples from the D-USYS to illustrate aspects of constructive feedback which can be covered well in peer feedback scenarios.

Presentations, Documents and Links:

Presentation: Hosts_Presentation_Feedback_Dec05

Article: Nicol & Macfarlane-Dick (2006)