What is it?
Some tools such e-Assignments allow feedback to be kept alongside marks in students’ records. Unfortunately other tools do not offer this function. Instead, some lecturers keep track of feedback given to students using a spreadsheet. Like in e-Assignments, marks and individual comments are recording for each student, which can prove to be particularly useful when planning a feedback session with students or subsequent lectures, as it gives lecturers the opportunity to reflect on the cohort’s strengths and weaknesses. This consequently means that lectures are tailored specifically to the needs of the current cohort as opposed to previous ones.
How can students make the most of it?
Whether they use online tools or spreadsheets, lecturers or tutors are monitoring their students’ progress. If students are not sure what to focus on or feel lost with the amount of feedback they have received, they should take the opportunity to talk to their lecturers or tutors and review the feedback they received. This will help them identify their strengths as well as key areas for improvement.