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

Linda Lee of The Wharton School shared how FeedbackFruits tools were chosen to facilitate a large-enrolment course for first-year Wharton 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 really are, and how they can contribute to the student learning process.

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

During the 2020-2021 academic year, instructors from Queen's University implemented Peer Review and Group Member Evaluation to foster asynchronous collaboration. In this article you can find their story.

How Boston University enhanced peer feedback and engagement in a large-scale online course with FeedbackFruits Peer Review

Instructors at Boston University successfully facilitated peer feedback and student engagement in large student cohort using pedagogical tools.

Automated Feedback - Opening the way to an iterative feedback system

FeedbackFruits has been trying to reduce writing review time for both teachers and students by using AI. But how does this process work, and why not rely on existing programs to check our work? Read our latest article to find out.

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

Instructors from Wageningen University came up with an innovative approach called Participation Grading - to increase the quality of peer feedback, level of participation, and offer a safe learning environment.

Foster lifelong learning with peer feedback (Feedback series)

What are the key elements for effective peer feedback? And how can teachers facilitate peer feedback to support the transfer of of skills beyond the classroom? Check out this article to explore some valuable ideas for yourself.

Feedback and Universal Design for Learning (Feedback series)

Learner variability, Universal Learning Design, and Multimedia feedback are the topics that will be discussed in the second article of the Feedback series.

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

In this very first article of our “Feedback series”, we will explore 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

NHL Stenden university is applying a novel pedagogical approach to help prepare students for the labour market, with the support of FeedbackFruits tools.

How to create effective peer feedback criteria

Discover how to initiate high quality peer review by utilising 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 experiences a mighty rise as the online transition occurs. However, is it worth risking students’ mentality to compromise academic honesty?

4 ways to keep students virtually engaged

One major challenge of online learning is to remotely generate the energy, passion and engagement among students. These 4 strategies could aid in laying the foundation for engaging virtual classrooms.

Pedagogy before technology: Towards the ideal education

Educators are the drivers behind educational transformation, but they need the tools to turn creativity into reality. FeedbackFruits wishes to bridge this gap, with pedagogical technology.

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 online classrooms.

Online Summative and Formative assessment [Myths and Strategies]

Enhance your online assessment practice with our insightful discussion on formative and summative assessment, along with practical testing strategies.

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

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

3 pedagogical benefits of FeedbackFruits Discussion Tool

Check out this weeks blog and gain some insight into how FeedbackFruits Discussion Assignment tool aids in developing a new generation of critical thinkers

Ultimate guide to design student behavior for Instructional Designers

Generating positive learning behaviors is absolutely desirable for any online course designers. In this article, we discuss different strategies to help you achieve this goal

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

You missed FeedbackFruits webinar with Microsoft Teams? Do not worry: you can easily find the main takeaways and discover the integration 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 during Fall 2020.

Student engagement and retention in higher education

The best way to retain students for your university is boosting lectures and courses engagement: read here some ways to boost engagement in your institution.

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

Moving online during COVID-19 has not been 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 education can be tricky to implement. In this blog, we elaborate on the best practices on how to create an impeccable online course for fall 2020.

FeedbackFruits Higher Ed Weekly Digest 03/08

Assessment has become a major issue within the higher ed community in the light of the pandemic. Our resources will help you to join the conversation this week.

Best practices for creating rubrics and writing instructions for students

Rubrics are a fundamental part of creating an online course, and both instructors and students benefit from them. It is crutial to know how to build one, and what criteria should that rubric include according to the topic at hand.

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

Explore the highlights from our latest webinar The Power of Peer Learning in Business Schools with speakers from the Wharton School of Business!

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. More in the resources from articles to podcasts we picked for you.

FeedbackFruits Higher Ed Weekly Digest 20/07

From first generation students' opinion on the new college experience to Wharton School of Business' peer learning technologies, this weekly digest dives into improving learning experience for students for next semester.

FeedbackFruits Higher Ed Weekly Digest 13/07

Universities are looking into ways of making online learning more interactive. Hear from experts on how to achieve that on the articles, podcasts, events and videos that we feature this week.

Why Group Member Evaluation is important for Business Schools

The Group Member Evaluation tool from FeedbackFruits aids business school students to acquire critical skills that can be used in the workplace. This is achieved through active learning and course design.

FeedbackFruits Higher Ed Weekly Digest 06/07

The higher education community is discussing diversity and equity in the light of BLM movement. On the other hand, universities are looking into different scenarios for the new semester. Take a look at our resources that we picked for you.

Australian Inspiration Day 2020: All about teamwork

Our first Australian Inspiration Day together with Deakin University and Griffith University was also the first one in the midst of a global pandemic. Here are our key takeaways from the webinar on June 5th.

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

Artifical intelligence, seen as the future of online learning, could inadvertently lead to discrimination according to studies. In the light of recent Black Lives Matter movement, we discussed its causes and what measures FeedbackFruits takes against it.

FeedbackFruits Higher Ed Weekly Digest 29/6

This week we listed the latest resources on online learning for you. While the uncertainty over the fall semester remains, take a look at these selected articles, podcasts, events and videos that may help you.

What is active learning?

What is active learning and why is it fundamentally different from passive learning? Learn about this 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. See our selection of most popular articles, podcasts, events and videos and always stay engaged with the community.

FeedbackFruits Higher Ed Weekly Digest 12/6

A lot is changing in the higher education community right now and we know that it is difficult to keep up. We will try our best to keep you posted with some of the most popular content that we find helpful for the community.

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

Course design is a fascinating but sometimes complex concept. Learn why well-crafted, and innovative, course design is best for students’ learning and the mistakes to avoid at all costs.

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 how FeedbackFruits is managing the changing needs of higher education institutions.

4 ways to assess student performance with FeedbackFruits

With the current COVID-19 situation, teachers will continue delivering their courses online for the following semesters. After uploading courses online and going through remote teaching for weeks, one question still remains in teachers' minds: how are we going to assess our students this semester?

How to create interactive videos for your online classroom?

Studies have shown that allowing students to interact with the course material, other students, or the teacher during an online activity positively affects their learning. Discover how Interactive Video can help in achieving this outcome.

Automated Feedback: early release in response to COVID-19

These times are challenging, but challenging times are a pressure cooker for innovation. This is why FeedbackFruits is releasing Automated Feedback on Writing earlier in response to COVID-19.

How to make your presentation interactive?

With the urgent need for distance education during the COVID-19 pandemic, the loss of student participation and engagement in online classrooms has intensified. At FeedbackFruits, we believe that 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?

Keeping students engaged during online learning is an issue that is yet to be solved. Teachers are required to rethink their existing course design to be able to engage and track students better in virtual environment.

Online Assessment: challenges and opportunities for distance education

After many higher education institutions shifted to distance education, online assessment has become a challenge for many teachers. While applying traditional assessment types online with tech is difficult, this situation is also an opportunity to try new assessment models.

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

The rushed transition to online teaching after the outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic has left many question marks in teachers' minds. We discussed 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 helps teachers to engage with their students on their text-based study materials. Add discussions in your articles and let your students learn together.

Interactive Video: make distance education engaging

Interactive Video helps teachers to engage with their students through video materials. Add discussions or inline questions in your videos and track your 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 listed 7 key takeaways from our partners' experience in creating online courses during COVID-19, which can help guide this process where both time and pedagogic integrity are important.

A day for inspiration

One of the ways we collaborate with universities is through our (bi)annual Inspiration Days. This day is dedicated to sharing 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. Research shows that peer feedback encourages them to reflect deeply on their skills and contribution in a group setting.

Balancing formative and summative learning

Including an element of student-student learning in 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 is designed to organise open-ended assessment at scale. The goal of the activity is to enhance learning through both the forming of knowledge and the assessing of student’s understanding.

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 with students.

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

Because peer assessment is a fundamentally social and collaborative learning activity, learners’ interpersonal beliefs can negatively impact its outcomes. In order to overcome this issue, and to reduce bias, anonymity is necessary.

The impact of self and peer-grading on student learning

Relevant and helpful feedback on work is important to ensure a good learning experience for students. But instead of receiving it only from a teacher, relevant feedback could also be provided by peers.

Use Cases

Supporting effective collaboration and communication in project-based group work | Case of Utrecht University

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.

Returning to an active student community with Interactive Study Materials | Case of 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

Stimulating reflective group feedback in a project-based learning setup | Case Erasmus University Rotterdam

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.

Facilitating open discussions in an online poster-presentation symposium | Case of Deakin University

Discover how a teacher from Deakin University successfully organized utilized Discussion Assignment to organize asynchronous symposium which enables formative assessment and removes stress of the mandatory review.

Stimulating rich and reflective feedback in students’ written assignments | Case of The University of Adelaide

Helping students build subject matter knowledge with formative group feedback | Case of Leiden University Medical Center

Enabling higher quality peer feedback in thesis project groups | Case of Wageningen University

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.

Supporting effective group collaboration and communication in a research project | Case of Maastricht University

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

Using Automated Feedback to optimise students’ written reports in an English language course | Case of University of Groningen

In our very first use case featuring Automated Feedback, a teacher from University of Groningen successfully utilised the tool to reduce error checking time while improving students' academic writing skills.

Improving group dynamics using Peer Review & Group Member Evaluation | Case of Deakin University

Stimulating a more personal encounter in online lectures with Interactive Presentation | Case of Eastern Nazarene College

Improving students’ critical thinking skills in a collaborative learning environment with Interactive Document | Case of Texas A&M International University

Manage and review feedback in large student cohort with Group Member Evaluation | Case of Griffith University

Encouraging efficient integrated group work with Peer Review | Case of Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences

Developing teamwork skills through group- and self-evaluation for trainee teachers | Case of Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences

Students develop teamwork and leadership qualities with Group Member Evaluation | Case of Griffith University

Feedback of experts and peers to enhance quality of work | Case of Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences

The Peer Review tool was used within Minor Data Engineering course. Various feedback moments were planned within the course, whereby students would receive feedback from both peers and the expert.

Streamlining the feedback and reflection process with Peer Review | Case of OsloMet

For this featured use-case, we will elaborate on how a professor at Oslo Metropolitan University has set up a combination of self-assessment and peer-review.

Enhanced peer feedback by letting students rate their reviewer | Case of Vrije Universiteit

This course, in the context of scientific research in the field of Pharmaceutical Sciences, aims to develop academic skills. The assumption was that organising peer feedback via FeedbackFruits would reduce the complexity, workload and improve the process overview.

Creating an environment in which students can continuously process feedback | Case of Maastricht University

Students in this Ecology course are independent 3rd year level students that work in small Problem Based Learning sessions. The instructor aims to normalize the feedback culture.

Open-ended discussion in a manufacturing course with FeedbackFruits | Case of MIT xPRO

Discover how MIT xPRO conducted an open-ended discussion in a manufacturing course with FeedbackFruit's Discussion. This tool has been co-created together with MIT following the Dotank process.

Activate and stimulate collaboration between coding students | Case of IE Business School

Discover how IE Business School used our Interactive Document tool to improve student’s knowledge and skills on the fundamentals of programming.

Developing academic reading skills with Comprehension | Case of 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.

Optimising learners’ self-study with Interactive Video | Case of University of Amsterdam

Discover how the University of Amsterdam prepared students for upcoming topics with videos during a Spanish course. Interactive Video gives students a safe space to let their opinions about the material be heard.

Promoting student engagement with Interactive Presentation | Case of HULT International Business School

At HULT International Business School, the tool Interactive Presentation was used in BBA courses to provide international students with equal opportunities to contribute during presentations and ask/answer questions about the course content.

Improving discussion quality by grading students' best contribution | Case of Wageningen University & Research

Discover how Wageningen University & Research increased the quality of peer reviews and student participation, offered a safe learning environment, and delivered a scalable teaching method with Peer Review.

Enriching recorded lectures using Interactive Video ⎮Case of Leiden University Medical Center

Discover how Interactive Video helped Leiden University to engage with students to a greater extent, by creating a thriving environment for student discussions.

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