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Strategies for writing effective student feedback

Do students read  feedback?  If they don’t,  Phil Race author of Smartfeedback-1186347_640
Feedback,  suggests “make it worth their while”!   The following links provide excellent resources for crafting effective student feedback and creating activities which focus on the feedback within the  class or tutorial:

In the words of Arts’ Associate Dean Learning and Teaching A/Prof. Peter Keegan, “you need to tell  students that this is their feedback, otherwise they don’t know you are giving them feedback”!



Pack more punch into your student feedback!

If you think your feedback could deliver more bang for your buck, then check out this online feedback resource which was launched late last year, targetted at academics and students alike.

We know formative feedback is one of the best ways to enhance student learning but, to be effective, it has to be appropriately targeted and students need take it on board.

Despite the time and effort invested by teachers, students are often less than impressed by the feedback they receive. The challenge for teachers is to provide the most effective feedback without excessive effort, and for students to understand how to apply the feedback for maximum benefit in their future studies.

The resources on this website are aimed at helping teachers and students to meet these challenges. The guidelines have been developed based on solid research and designed to be practical for both providers and receivers of formative feedback.

We’d be interested in your feedback! Contact Lia Saunders with ideas, comments and tips to share.

Evolving English: Our new English Language Policy

Evolving English: An update on our new English Language Policy

At Macquarie University we are proud of our diverse cultural and language communities. We are also committed to producing graduates who are effective communicators with discipline-specific knowledge and skills. Achieving this requires students to be skilled in using the English Language.

For a native speaker this may seem easy, however English is constantly evolving, and varies in different contexts. For example, language in disciplines and professions can be used in a particular way (such as ‘derivative’ in finance or mathematics), or can be specific to that discipline (jargon).  No matter what their background, all students will encounter unfamiliar language at some point at University, and all students must continually develop their skills to be able to successfully communicate in academic and professional settings.

Comic about language (Creative Commons)

There are a lot of great resources available across the University for students  including self-directed resources, learning skills workshops and programs such as Peer Assisted Learning (PAL) and conversation groups.

One way for students to acquire skills is when they are included within programs. There are many resources for staff in designing materials, in particular two excellent professional development guides  How to Embed Discipline-specific Discourse – Learning Through Communication  and  Developing your students’ English Language proficiency. As language is constantly changing we must ensure we change with it.

In May the Senate Learning and Teaching Committee (SLTC) set up a working party with representatives from across the University to draft a new English Language policy. The policy will outline expectations of both staff and students in actively developing English language skills including the use of academic and discipline-specific discourse.

To draft the policy the working party has reviewed existing policies, resources available across the University, the  Australian Qualifications Framework and the DEEWR English Language Standards for Higher Education.  Draft copies of the policy, procedure and guideline were distributed last month through Faculty Learning and Teaching Committees for consultation.

The SLTC will meet shortly to discuss comments that have been received so far. If you have any feedback, remember to offer it to your Faculty Learning and Teaching committee or email directly to Antonia Dykes.