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Types of feedback.

Student perspective

"I spend ages looking over my work and it still goes on about careless mistakes in the feedback. No matter how many times I look through it I just can't spot the errors."

Source: First year Sociology student, dyslexia screening, Feb. 2007.

Teaching methods

Inclusive teaching:

  • Have systems in place that allow constructive feedback on specific problem areas.
  • Ensure that marking criteria are explicit about how language issues are marked.
  • Ensure that feedback on language issues identifies patterns of difficulty and comments upon some or all of them constructively.

Examples of practice

Dyslexia video: "Feedback on exams: written sheets in History.." Duration: 2 minutes : 28 seconds

Feedback on exams: written sheets in History.

"…students who've got very particular learning strategies can get feedback on how those strategies are actually working…" (2 min 28s video by Nick Thomas)

Dyslexia video: "Feedback on exams: 1 to 1 tutorials in Geography.." Duration: 1 minute : 26 seconds

Feedback on exams: 1 to 1 tutorials in Geography.

"…we give them their numeric marks…and then back that up…by giving them much more intensive feedback in a PARS tutorial…" (1 min 26s video by Robert Dugdale)

Dyslexia video: "Using a discussion board to support Maths students.." Duration: 3 minutes : 10 seconds

Using a discussion board to support Maths students.

"…I wanted to get the feedback on technology…but I did also have issues I wanted to raise…to get people discussing their experience of mathematical proof…" (3 min 10s video by Joel Feinstein)

Reasonable adjustments:

  • Have policies that allow additional feedback as a ‘reasonable adjustment’.
  • Offer verbal explanation of written feedback where necessary.
  • Encourage students to see Academic Support tutors where appropriate.

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