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Teaching Tips: Gathering Feedback

Collect Feedback Frequently with Surveys

Did you know that feedback is one of the Top 10 of ways to increase learning? (Hattie 2009)

Collect feedback frequently to check student understanding of your content and class assignments. One way to do this is by using surveys.

For example, if you have a big group project for students to complete this semester, you can sent a feedback survey through Blackboard to ask students about the project and collect their responses. Then, you can talk with them about the project during the next class meeting. Use their survey responses to determine the support you can offer. This can include a list of topic ideas, online resources for working in a group, or even higher levels of support, such as group meetings with you, the professor.

Here are some suggested questions for your survey:

  • What do you think of the structure of the project and the point divisions for parts of the project?
  • How much freedom do you want in setting up the groups?
  • How much experience do you have with working in groups on projects?
  • How much assistance do you want in selecting topics?
  • What concerns do you have?

Learning is all about information, and the more feedback you can collect, the more information you can make available to your students! For more information on how to use feedback, check out this graphic from Educational Leadership.

This Teaching Tip comes from Dr. Taimi Olsen, Director, Tennessee Teaching and Learning Center

(originally posted on Oct. 6, 2015)

Gather Feedback Quickly with Linoit

Sometimes you need to gather feedback quickly. Maybe you want to pause mid-semester to assess what concepts students are, and are not, having trouble understanding. Maybe you want to see what concepts from the day’s class need further clarification next time. You could use Linoit!

Linoit is an online cork/bulletin board that students can access directly via a URL that you provide—no extra accounts/logins necessary! From your personal board, you can post a question prompt, photo, video, or other document for students to review and anonymously comment on. Students respond via virtual post-it note, photo, or document. With Linoit, you can get honest feedback in real time.

Creating a free account for yourself is quick and easy: try it here, and tell us what you think!

(originally posted on Oct. 16, 2014)


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