You're teaching Higher Education remotely. How do you effectively guide students with constructive feedback? (2024)

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Personalized Approach

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Constructive Language

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Ongoing Dialogue

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Utilize Technology

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Teaching higher education remotely presents unique challenges, especially when it comes to providing feedback that is both constructive and motivating. As an instructor, your guidance can significantly influence a student's learning experience and academic success. This article explores strategies to effectively deliver feedback in a remote learning environment, ensuring that your students feel supported and are able to thrive academically.

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1 Clear Expectations

Establishing clear expectations is the cornerstone of effective feedback. As you navigate the remote teaching landscape, ensure that your students understand the criteria for success in each assignment. This clarity helps them recognize the purpose behind your feedback and see it as a roadmap for improvement rather than just criticism. When expectations are transparent, students are more likely to engage with the feedback process and take actionable steps towards their goals.

2 Timely Responses

In remote learning, the absence of face-to-face interaction can make students feel isolated. Timely feedback bridges this gap by showing that you are actively engaged in their progress. Aim to provide feedback promptly after assignments are submitted, as this is when students are most receptive and the material is still fresh in their minds. Quick responses demonstrate your commitment to their development and can boost their motivation to continue learning.

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3 Personalized Approach

Each student has a unique learning style and set of needs, which is why personalized feedback is so powerful. Take the time to understand your students' strengths and areas for growth. Tailor your feedback to address their specific challenges and celebrate their achievements. This individualized attention fosters a supportive learning environment and helps students feel valued, which is particularly important in a remote setting.

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4 Constructive Language

The language you use in your feedback can greatly impact a student's reception of it. Use constructive language that focuses on the work rather than the student, and offer specific suggestions for improvement. Avoid generalities that can be misinterpreted and lead to confusion. By framing your feedback positively and constructively, you encourage students to persevere rather than become discouraged.

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5 Ongoing Dialogue

Feedback should not be a one-way street. Encourage an ongoing dialogue where students can ask questions and seek clarification on your feedback. This interactive approach not only deepens their understanding but also promotes self-reflection and critical thinking skills. A continuous exchange of ideas ensures that feedback becomes a collaborative tool for learning, rather than a final verdict on their work.

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6 Utilize Technology

Leverage the technology at your disposal to enhance the feedback process. Video comments, screen sharing, and collaborative documents can convey nuances that text alone might miss. These tools can make your feedback more engaging and personal, helping to replicate the interactive nature of an in-person class. By integrating technology effectively, you create a dynamic learning experience that resonates with students in a digital age.

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  • Ana Claudia Balda Health Sciences School Director | Veterinary Medicine PhD (USP) | Speaker | Professor | Higher Education Manager| One of the 18 board-certified veterinary dermatologists in Brazil | KOL in innovation
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    Eu acredito que em qualquer modalidade de ensino, criar um ambiente receptivo e acolhedor favorece a manifestação dos estudantes por meio do chat, quizzes ou até mesmo, falando. Entendo que para muitos perfis de alunos é até mais fácil se manifestar de forma remota, portanto está nas mãos do docente criar um ambiente propício para isso.

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    Primeiro, é importante ser claro e específico nas observações, destacando pontos fortes e áreas que necessitam de melhoria. Utilizar exemplos concretos pode ajudar os alunos a entenderem melhor suas dificuldades e como superá-las. Além disso, oferecer sugestões práticas e recursos adicionais para estudo pode facilitar o aprendizado contínuo. Estabelecer um canal de comunicação aberto, onde os alunos se sintam confortáveis para fazer perguntas e discutir o feedback, é fundamental. Agendar sessões de acompanhamento para revisar o progresso e ajustar as orientações conforme necessário também é uma boa prática.

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