Safety-net

The big question – Have the students reached the learning outcomes?

When reading about the model “The 7Cs of Learning Design” I fell for the design of the “Consider” activity. At first I was stucked in the thought of reflection but pretty soon I saw something else – feedback!

It is well known that feedback is a motivating factor so why not try to focus on that I thought…?! The more I read the more I came to like the idea of using all the three types of feedback in the same course. Before I had only thought of using one at a time. Now I´m thinking of redesigning one of my courses with feedback from: me as a teacher, peers and by themselves. The three snap links in the picture to this blog post are suppose to symbolize the three different ways feedback can be given. The hand is the students learning process and as I see it the feedback is some kind of safety-net while achieving learning outcomes. So, by designing a course with different sorts of feedback the conditions for learning should be enhanced.

Learning activity with embedded feedback from me as a teacher could be given the student while reflect upon a case-dilemma. Feedback should be given both during and after discussing the dilemma. The discussion could easily occur on Skype. Another way of getting feedback is from a peer. My idea is that a peer observe another peer while solving a task. Afterwards the student can reflect and give feedback on what went well and what can be done better another time. Maybe a checklist, of how the task is supposed to be accomplished is a good idea? Finally the students may use Gibb´s reflective learning cycle as a structure when giving feedback to themselves.

For next term I will try to design something like this and see how that works out.

References
1. Conole, G. (2015). The 7Cs of Learning Design.

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8 thoughts on “Safety-net

  1. Good post on feedback. Different types of feedback gives the students ability to get motivation and excel, it acknowledges from different angles that they are heading in the right direction. I like the idea of a peer giving feedback to a peer who have solved a task.

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    1. Hi! I also especially liked the idea of peer-feedback. I think some kind of “checklist” as a structure can be a good thing. We have to remember that this is learning for adult people that are able to be responsible for their own learning.

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  2. Really inspiring reading about feedback and how important that component is, both for the students and the teacher and I also think that have different kind of feedback system is a good strategy, thank you , you have inspired me , also to use this in my course this automn,

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    1. Hi! I´m honored to have inspired you Villywonka 🙂 We cross our fingers that feedback will enhance our classes. Designing learning activities in a consciously way in hard but I think very important. Good luck!

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  3. Great to read about your thoughts when it comes to giving and getting feedback in different ways. To get feedback borth from peers and teachers as well as reflecting on your own learning sounds like a good idea to enhance learning. I don´t have the opportunity to do it all because as a librarian I seldom meet the students more than once every year but I will try to vary my way of giving and getting feedback as much as I can anyway!

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  4. Hi Annica and thank you for the post! I think you are definately on to something here. Mainly because response is key to evolving as a student. In a f2f environment teachers usually give this feedback immediately while discussing, and that way the whole group can learn from the comments. But in an open environment this should also be taken into consideration. I’ve used peer reviews in some courses, and it’s a good way to learn together. Instructions on how to give feedback is something I noticed is important. Otherwise the comments might be rather generic like “good!” or “interesting!”. I really hope the students are used to more informative comments from teachers than that, but from the research I’ve read feedback seems to be underused in many ways. I also like that you included students own reflections on the process of learning. These three approaches: teacher, student-student and student-self are a great way to enhance learning, motivation and participation in an online course.

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