In this “Innovation in Teaching” course for trainee teachers, a diverse body of students research and produce a paper over the course of 10 weeks about learning and teaching. With the need to digitise content and didactics, efforts were made to streamline the learning experience through, for example, integrating activities into the same platform, Microsoft Teams.
The instructor started using FeedbackFruits in this course in order to stimulate the learning process and feedback dialogue. The Assignment Review tool was chosen to allow feedback to be given to students’ handed-in work according to a set of predetermined criteria, as well as to provide a straightforward overview of how students completed the activity and processed their feedback.
Students identify and research a problem in education which they want to write about. First, they find peer-reviewed articles about their chosen topic and elaborate on two or three aspects within a theoretical framework, after which they address possible applications in practice, asking the question “How can I improve my teaching?” The instructor used a more autonomous system of feedback, whereby students could choose for themselves which moment to ask for feedback (up until the middle of the course), on either contents or formatting. As well as handing in their paper, students completed a self-evaluation.
As a follow-up assignment, students rewrote a paragraph of their choice based on the feedback. They then made a document which included the original paragraph, feedback, and new paragraph, and discussed this in pairs.
"My students liked using FeedbackFruits: You can make your courses much more sparkling and vibrant, and now it seems that students are taking the feedback more seriously!" - Anne Potters, Lecturer
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