The role of the instructor
- The instructor coaches students through the learning process from start to finish, making clear what is expected at each stage of the program. This means that the students request and receive workshops to guide their own learning and development. For example, in the first module of the first year, students receive a workshop on how to give good feedback as a starting point. Other workshops are made upon request or are reused from previous classes.
- Inside the activities the instructor replies to feedback comments with tips and remarks (in Peer Review) and answers to in-line questions (in Interactive Study Material) which “gives [students] the feeling that someone actually reads the feedback.”
- The instructor makes further use of the student overview by sharing this data (which is normally only visible to instructors, not students) with the class. In this program, emphasis is repeatedly put on the importance of on-time, constructive feedback as a means to be able to critically analyse one’s own work and that of their peers.
Added value of technology
- FeedbackFruits tools create more moments for activating and engaging learning experiences by providing more interactivity with course material and more transparency in the feedback process: “The end-quality of the products the students create in my course is of a higher level. I think that’s because they are giving each other more feedback, continuously, on what they are doing.”