In order to improve student learning in an online course, it is also important to provide students with formative feedback. Formative feedback is given during the learning process and can be done through discussion forums, direct messaging, and through screen capture and audio technology. Learn about ways to deliver formative feedback to students in an online course.
- [Voiceover] It's also important to give students continuous feedback during the process of an assignment or project, so let's take a look at some ways we can deliver formative feedback. Most online platforms are great for this as well, and when it's done online, there is an added bonus in that it creates a permanent copy that can be accessed by the student or instructor at any time. Formative feedback can be given through many methods with an online platform. One is to leave comments within an assignment. Here in Schoology I see that I have two ungraded assignment submissions, and they are project proposals.
I'll click here, and I'm going to select Sophia Jackson's. This now brings up her assignment submission and I can see that it's her project proposal on aggressive behaviors in betta splendens, which is a type of fish. I could leave feedback on this by leaving comments, I could highlight stuff, I could draw or write on here. Your platform may not have all of these same features, and if it doesn't, you can still communicate with the individual through direct messages or through email.
So it is easy electronically to give feedback to a student by typing that out and sending it to them. If you wanted to post feedback to the overall group of students in general, you could leave that on a discussion board or within Course Updates. For this example, though, with Sophia Jackson's assignment, I want to suggest another way to give formative feedback, a way that I think is easier for the instructor to do, easier to understand for the student, and more powerful, and that is audio feedback through screen capturing.
Right now I'm going to use the Snagit extension that I've installed on the Chrome browser. If you use Chrome, I recommend this add-on. I discuss more about screen capture tools in the video on incorporating online tools, and there are other screen capture tools that are out there. Now I'm going to take a look at the assignment by Sophia, and I want to give feedback as I capture the screen and leave audio. So I want to click on the Snagit icon, and from here I want to go down to video, and I'm going to click Screen.
I'll select the project proposal and click Share, and you'll notice at the bottom that it says TechSmith Snagit is sharing your screen, so I'm actually recording right now. For this reason I'm going to stop sharing and close this one out, and now I'm going to do on where right away when I start it, I'm going to start giving the feedback to Sophia on this paper. And rather than having written feedback that I give, it's going to be me talking. So I'll click here, screen, project proposal, and I'll click Share.
Sophia, I think you did a great job on your project proposal. I think this looks like a very neat project. I do have a couple recommendations. First of all, you mention in here that you're going to measure aggressive displays. I think that we need to come up with an operational definition of aggressive displays. And second, it seems like you have two different experiments going on. One with the betta seeing themselves, versus seeing another betta, and one in which the color of the aquarium changes. So I think we should choose one of those and go with it.
Those are my thoughts, I think this looks great, though, and it seems like a very promising project. Okay, now that I'm done I'll click Stop Sharing, and here is my video inside of Snagit, 38 seconds, and as you can see, it's syncing that capture right now. I can listen to it and see if I like what's in here. Sophia, I think you did a great job on your project proposal. I think this looks like a very neat project. I do have a couple recommendations. First of all you mention, So there is my audio feedback that I'm giving to Sophia.
I like the spoken language a little better in that I think you can get across kind of your passion, your inflection, and get your message more clearly communicated to the student. Within Snagit I'll click here, and it allows me to share a Google Drive link. I'll click that, and it will then copy this to my clipboard, so now I can share it out. I'm going to title it here, Project Proposal Feedback Sophia Jackson. Okay, so I'm going to get that Google Drive link again.
And in here, I can leave a comment and say that audio feedback, and paste that in there and post that to Sophia. So she can now copy that link, and then go ahead and check that out, and she'll be able to watch that video in the same way that we were just watching it, as it'll be saved in Google Drive. So this is a great option, in my opinion, to provide students with verbal audio feedback even though you're not meeting face to face. So hopefully this video and the last one helped illustrate some of the ways that you can give both summative and formative feedback to students in an online course.
Find a method that works best for you and take advantage of the many tools that are available online.
Staff author Oliver Schinkten draws the connections between high-quality instruction and online education. He provides a framework for creating a digital classroom—with or without a learning management system—and guidance to get students interacting with the course material, the instructor, and each other. Collaboration is the key to making the learning experience more dynamic. Oliver also shows how to incorporate digital resources and the latest ed tech into your classroom, and make sure the lessons are accessible to students of all ability levels.
- What is online education?
- Why does online education succeed?
- Understanding learning management systems
- Incorporating technology in the classroom
- Setting guidelines and expectations about online courses
- Writing learning outcomes and learning objectives
- Sharing and curating files and resources
- Tracking student progress
- Engaging students
- Fostering communication
- Providing feedback
- Making learning accessible to students with disabilities