What you choose to evaluate in your courses and how you critique students’ work can have an impact on their learning, as well as their long-term learning practices and study and work habits[i].
Research shows that getting the right kind of feedback helps students stay engaged. Feedback is most constructive when it is relevant, accessible, consequential and timely[ii]. Furthermore, providing feedback that guides students toward mastery, rather than toward a fixed conception of performance, helps sustain motivation[iii].
Whether you are grading papers, lab reports, tests, exams or other assignments, all students can benefit from evaluation and feedback that is clearly communicated.
Selections taken from the University of Guelph’s Universal Instructional Design project, A Faculty Workbook:
Selections taken directly from the University of Guelph’s Universal Instructional Design project, A Faculty Workbook, the National Center on Universal Design for Learning section on mastery-oriented feedback, and the University of Toronto Scarborough’s Universal Instructional Design: Creating an Accessible Curriculum: