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FeedbackFruits shortlisted for the 2021 Reimagine Education Awards in two categories

FeedbackFruits has been shortlisted of the Reimagine Education Awards for two entries: FeedbackFruits Tool Suite and Automated Feedback.

Infographic: Enhance student engagement at 7 institutions with FeedbackFruits

7 institutions observed significant improvement in student engagement and skills development while using FeedbackFruits.

Updated Comprehension tool: new functionality for your course design

Comprehension tool updated with multimedia support, grading and analytics to support your course design.

Team Based Learning: Maximize the positive effect with pedagogical technology

We're excited to announce the launch of our latest tool - Team Based Learning to help teachers optimize your TBL process

4 tips to prepare for a new phase of hybrid learning

Linda Lee of The Wharton School shared how FeedbackFruits tools were chosen to facilitate a large-enrolment course for first-year students.

10 lessons I learned from teaching online during the pandemic

Matteo has been teaching online over the past semester, and here is what he has to share.

10 essential steps for better online course design

10 essential steps for better course design to help you prepare and deliver engaging materials in your hybrid and online teaching next semester.

How to Create Rubrics That Encourage Active Learning (Feedback series)

This article dives into methods for creating quality rubrics that can help measure students' performance critically and effectively.

A guide to rubrics for educators (Feedback series)

In this article, we’ll dive into understanding why we use rubrics, what they are, and how they can contribute to the student learning process.

Automated Feedback - Opening the way to an iterative feedback system

Discover how Automated Feedback helps reduce writing review time for both teachers and students by using AI.

Reduce free-riding and low-quality feedback with Participation Grading (Feedback series)

Participation Grading: an innovative approach to increase peer feedback, level of participation, and offer a safe learning environment

Foster lifelong learning with peer feedback (Feedback series)

This article elaborates on the key elements for effective peer feedback, and strategies to facilitate peer feedback to support lifelong skills.

Feedback and Universal Design for Learning (Feedback series)

The second article of the Feedback series discusses Learner variability, Universal Learning Design, and Multimedia feedback.

Feedback: The key to better teaching and learning (Feedback series)

This article explores the concept of feedback, its benefits in teaching and learning, and the mediators for effective feedback.

inspirED 2021: The first step to build a pedagogical community

inspirED 2021 has come to an end, yet the it leaves us with so many valuable lessons about teaching and learning in higher education.

5 essential tips to digitalize authentic assessment

Explore 5 essentials of authentic assessment and how you can digitize this evaluation approach to enhance learner engagement and retention

Preparing students for future careers: NHL Stenden and Design Based Education

Explore a novel pedagogical approach to course design that helps prepare students for the labour market

How to create effective peer feedback criteria

Discover how to initiate high quality peer review by utilising these 7 essentials in designing peer feedback criteria.

A transformative, and rewarding journey: Ewoud discusses higher education and FeedbackFruits in 2020

Ewoud de Kok, CEO of FeedbackFruits, reflects on the challenges and opportunities that emerged during the pandemic period.

Top articles of 2020: The most popular fruits we grew this year

We would like to wrap up this year with a summary of our 12 best pieces of content of 2020: Let’s have a look!

Online proctored exam: Are you really trusting your students?

Digital proctoring is on the rise. However, is it worth risking students’ mentality to compromise academic honesty?

4 ways to keep students virtually engaged

These 4 strategies will help you address the challenge of generating student motivation and engagement in online learning

Pedagogy before technology: Towards the ideal education

FeedbackFruits' mission to support educators drive educational transformation with pedagogical tools.

How to cultivate a social online classroom: Socialize while social distancing

Discover how to promote social learning while social distancing, by integrating both theoretical framework and technological affordances.

What exactly is collaborative learning?

Learn how collaborative learning can foster a community of engaged, active, and critical students that are eager to participate in class.

Online Summative and Formative assessment [Myths and Strategies]

Understand the ins and outs of formative and summative assessment, and explore some practical strategies for your next assessment activity

What is team-based learning? 4 ways it can help your group activities

Explore the fundamentals of team-based learning approach, its benefits, and useful strategies to optimize this framework for your online course

3 pedagogical benefits of FeedbackFruits Discussion Tool

Check out this article to understand how FeedbackFruits Discussion Assignment tool aids in developing a new generation of critical thinkers.

Ultimate guide to design student behavior for Instructional Designers

Explore different strategies to generating positive learning behaviors in your online courses

How to add FeedbackFruits tools in Microsoft Teams

Impatient to add FeedbackFruits' tools in Microsoft Teams? Discover by yourself how simple it is by following the guide in this article.

FeedbackFruits tools in Microsoft Teams: webinar takeaway

Did you miss FeedbackFruits webinar with Microsoft Teams? You can easily find the main takeaways in this article

4 main steps to take for a good HyFlex model implementation

Discover how the HyFlex model is one of the best strategies for universities to improve online learning and create engaging course design

Student engagement and retention in higher education

The best tips to improve students' retention is boosting engagement in course design

What do university students think about their online learning experience during COVID-19?

Moving online during COVID-19 is not easy for universities. How did students react to this change, both educationally and economically wise?

Best practices of online teaching that will improve your online course design this Fall

Online teaching can be tricky to implement. In this blog, we elaborate on the best practices to create an impeccable online course

FeedbackFruits Higher Ed Weekly Digest 03/08

This week's column covers the topic os assessment, which has become a major issue within the higher ed community in the light of the pandemic.

Best practices for creating rubrics and writing instructions for students

Rubrics are a fundamental part of creating an online course. It is crucial to know how to build one, and what criteria should we include.

What we learned about the power of peer learning in Business Schools

Explore the highlights of our latest webinar: "The Power of Peer Learning in Business Schools" featuring speakers from the Wharton School

FeedbackFruits Higher Ed Weekly Digest 27/07

This week we took a look at how remote learning and proctoring can be done better by universities.

FeedbackFruits Higher Ed Weekly Digest 20/07

This week's digest column dives into improving learning experience for students for next semester.

FeedbackFruits Higher Ed Weekly Digest 13/07

Universities are finding ways of increasing online interactivity. Hear from experts on how to achieve that in this week's digest column.

Why Group Member Evaluation is important for Business Schools

FeedbackFruits Group Member Evaluation helps business school students to acquire critical skills that can be used in the workplace

FeedbackFruits Higher Ed Weekly Digest 06/07

The higher education community is discussing diversity and equity in the light of BLM movement. Take a look at this week's digest column.

Australian Inspiration Day 2020: All about teamwork

Here are the key takeaways from our first Australian Inspiration Day together with Deakin University and Griffith University

Data Silence: How AI is learning discrimination and what FeedbackFruits is doing about it

Artificial intelligence, considered the future of education, could lead to discrimination. We discuss how FeedbackFruits address this.

FeedbackFruits Higher Ed Weekly Digest 29/6

This week we listed the latest resources on online learning for you.

What is active learning?

Learn about active learning: a powerful pedagogical method that increases students' learning potentials

FeedbackFruits Higher Ed Weekly Digest 19/06

We continue keeping you updated on latest developments in higher education this week.

FeedbackFruits Higher Ed Weekly Digest 12/6

A lot is changing in the higher education community right now. We will try our best to keep you up to date.

What is course design and why it can make the difference between learning and yawning in class?

Course design is a fascinating but also complex concept. Learn why well-crafted, and innovative, course design is best for students’ learning

How is FeedbackFruits adapting to the COVID-19 crisis?

Richard Machielse, CTO of FeedbackFruits gives insights on the effects of the pandemic on EdTech and FeedbackFruits' response.

4 ways to assess student performance with FeedbackFruits

Explore how FeedbackFruits can assist teachers in facilitating assessment in online courses

How to create interactive videos for your online classroom?

How Interactive Video helps teachers build meaningful student - course material interactions for enhanced learning outcomes

Automated Feedback: early release in response to COVID-19

FeedbackFruits releases Automated Feedback on Writing earlier in response to COVID-19.

How to make your presentation interactive?

Interactive study materials are key to keep the students connected to the subject throughout the course whether it is online or offline

How to improve student engagement in online teaching during COVID-19?

Explore best tips and strategies to upgrade your course design to engage and track students better in virtual environment

Online Assessment: challenges and opportunities for distance education

The abrupt shift to online learning opens a great opportunity to try new assessment types and tools

Assignment Review: easy online assessment tool for teachers to assess students

Assignment Review enables university teachers to assess student assignments with their own rubric online

The rise of online classes after COVID-19: best practices based on literature

We discussed the pros and cons of online courses and explained how teachers can improve them based on existing literature.

How to create a positive, effective feedback culture?

You can create a safe classroom for your students to give feedback to each other by following these 6 principles.

Interactive Document: get your students engaged with online study materials

Interactive Document adds discussion points and questions to text-based study materials to enhance student engagement and consumption

Interactive Video: make distance education engaging

Interactive Video allows teachers to add discussions or inline questions to videos and increase students' interactions.

All FeedbackFruits pedagogical tools are available for free in response to COVID-19

FeedbackFruits makes all 8 pedagogical tools available for free to instructors in response to the COVID-19 outbreak.

7 key principles for teachers who just started with online teaching

We'd like to share 7 key takeaways from our partners' experience in creating online courses during COVID-19

A day for inspiration

One of the ways we collaborate with universities is via our Inspiration Days: A day to share ideas and knowledge within the EdTech DoTank.

5 things we learned this Inspiration Day

The FeedbackFruits Inspiration Day is all about sharing knowledge and ideas around expanding our tools’ functionality for future use cases.

Imagine a smartphone without apps

LMS adds substantial value for both teachers and students but using an LMS without plugins is like using a smartphone without apps.

Eliminating free-riding in group work

Students dread group work because they know that not every member contributes equally. Peer feedback then comes as an effective solution.

Balancing formative and summative learning

Balancing both formative and summative assessments ensures that the students and teachers together create knowledge that improve the world.

Organizing open-ended assessment at scale for enhanced online learning

This learning activity focuses on open-ended assessment at scale to enhance learning through both the knowledge formation and assessment

Rubric, a teacher’s ultimate sidekick

Rubrics work well to ensure constructive feedback provided by students because they clarify expectations for both targets and quality.

Why anonymity can be a valuable element in peer-evaluation?

Anonymity is necessary to reduce bias when facilitating peer assessment in a collaborative learning activity.

The impact of self and peer-grading on student learning

Besides receiving feedback only from teachers, relevant and effective feedback could also be provided by peers

Use Cases

Managing Assessments at Scale: Reflection, Feedback, and Comprehension at the Wharton School

Linda Lee, Instructional Designer of the Wharton School shared how FeedbackFruits tools were chosen to facilitate a large-enrolment hybrid course.

How Boston University enhanced peer feedback and engagement in a large online course

Denise Kreiger and Monty Kaplan of Boston University successfully facilitated peer feedback in large student cohort using Peer Review.

Scaling asynchronous collaboration at Queen’s University, using Peer Review and Group Member Evaluation

Instructors at Queen's University implemented Peer Review and Group Member Evaluation to foster asynchronous collaboration online.

Effective and scalable online peer assessment at Carlson School of Management

A business school saves times and facilitates effective, scalable group work and peer feedback

Solving low feedback quality at The Wharton School

Instructors at the Wharton School facilitated effective peer feedback in large size classes, using Peer Review.

Institution-wide scalability and transparency in peer assessments at Deakin University

Instructors at Deakin University successfully facilitated and scaled group feedback across 40 units, with a total of 6000 students per year

Enhance project-based learning in hybrid course at Utrecht University

Using Group Member Evaluation, Dr. Frits Flesch facilitated an effective and transparent group evaluation process in his hybrid course.

How Interactive Study Materials improved students' engagement and interactivity at Utrecht University

Yvette Linders of Utrecht University used Interactive Study Materials in her course to enrich documents and videos with in-line questions, and maintain oversight into the learning process of 140 students

How Erasmus University Rotterdam stimulated reflective group feedback in remote learning

The problems around group-work in online courses sometimes need diagnosis and intervention. Marilisa Boffo of Erasmus University understood this and administered the right treatment - Group Member Evaluation.

Build engagement and interactivity in online discussion at Deakin University

Catherine Fraser from Deakin University used Discussion Assignment to organize an asynchronous symposium which enables formative assessment and meaningful interactions.

How The University of Adelaide used Peer Review to stimulate rich and reflective feedback in a hybrid course

Using Peer Review in her intensive hybrid course, Suzan Hazel could improve peer feedback quality and students' final performance.

Upgrade course design to build subject matter knowledge at Leiden University Medical Center

Jeroen van Smeden revamped his course design to enable formative feedback that contribute to improved subject knowledge, using Peer Review.

How Wageningen University enabled higher quality feedback in thesis group projects

Find out how an instructor from Wageningen University helped her students improve their peer feedback abilities using the power of AI and clever course design.

Foster collaborative learning and student participation in a blended course at Maastricht University

Teachers at Maastricht University successfully used Group Member Evaluation to address free-riding in group work while improving the feedback quality.

How Automated Feedback helped optimise students' academic writing at University of Groningen

Jane Mahoney from University of Groningen utilised Automated Feedback to reduce error checking time while improving students' academic writing skills.

How Deakin University improved group dynamics using Peer Review & Group Member Evaluation

Peer assessment tools allowed instructors to make the feedback process easier for students, and to enrich group contribution and collaboration

Enhance interaction and engagement in online couse at Eastern Nazarene College

To maintain student connection and interaction in the new online setting, Interactive Presentation was used to encourage engagement with lecture slides.

Interactive Document to improve students’ critical thinking in a collaborative learning environment at Texas A&M International University

The use of Interactive Document helped design engaging, collaborative learning activities in online courses

How Griffith University used Group Member Evaluation to facilitate feedback in large student cohort

For her online course of 500, Dr. Fiona Baird adopted Group Member Evaluation to facilitate peer assessment while reducing free-riding

Encourage efficient group work with Peer Review at Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences

Instructor Guido Goijens created an environment in which students could give and receive feedback in a structured and straightforward manner.

How Group Member Evaluation helped develop collaborative learning for trainee teachers at Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences

Saskia Lavooij's students actively engaged in group and sel-evaluation, thanks to the use of Group Member Evaluation

Students at Griffith University develop teamwork and leadership qualities

Carolyn Hastie, lecturer of Griffith University enhanced student participation and contribution in group project

Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences enhanced learners' quality of work

The Peer Review tool was used within Minor Data Engineering course to help facilitate the feedback process and enhance the feedback quality

Oslo Metropolitan University streamlined feedback and reflection process with Peer Review

A professor at Oslo Metropolitan University has set up a combination of self-assessment and peer-review.

Enhance peer feedback quality by letting students rate their reviewer at Vrije Universiteit

Danny Scholten, lecturer of Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam organised peer feedback via FeedbackFruits to reduce the complexity, workload and improve the process overview

Foster continuous feedback in a blended course at Maastricht University

Students in an Ecology course participated in problem-based learning sessions that encouraged continuous, timely feedback

Open-ended discussion in an online manufacturing course at MITxPRO

Discover how MIT xPRO conducted an open-ended discussion using Discussion Assignment

How IE Business School activated collaborative learning between coding students

Discover how IE Business School used our Interactive Document tool to improve students' collaboration and teamwork

How Comprehension tool helped developing academic reading skills at OsloMet

Discover how OsloMet used the tool Comprehension to train teachers to academic reading. The tool helped students to engage and increased the preparation before class.

How University of Amsterdam used Interactive Video to optimise learners' self-study

Anna Escofet Vilá of University of Amsterdam used Interactive Video to give students a safe space to share opinions and reflections

Promote online engagement with Interactive Presentation at HULT International Business School

At HULT International Business School, Interactive Presentation was used to ensure equal accessibility to course content

How Wageningen University improved online discussion quality by grading students' best contribution

Dr. Cora Busstra increased the quality of peer reviews and student participation, offered a safe learning environment, and delivered a scalable teaching method with Peer Review.

Enrich recorded lectures using Interactive Video at Leiden University Medical Center

Interactive Video helped Leiden University to foster meaningful teacher-student interactions, by creating a thriving environment for online learning

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