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What Online Students Say About… Assessment

by Diane J. Goldsmith, Ph.D.

Feedback. Feedback. Feedback

• Feedback needs to be timely: “Personal communication and
prompt feedback on assignments are essential for any course to
be a success.”

• Feedback should include grades: “Feedback in the form of
grades is essential, and it should come to students frequently!”

• Feedback needs to be helpful: “Instead of just marking answers wrong, she would also give a brief explanation as to what
the correct answer was and why.”

• Feedback needs to be personal: “I would personally like to see
teachers send a one or two line email to students each week
about their work-be it their writing or quality of comments.”

• Good feedback is motivating: “Whether I posted an assignment at one o’clock AM or PM, I received grades, answers to
questions, and responses to my work within twelve hours at the
very most. This is extremely gratifying and motivating.”

• Good feedback inspires more learning: “I would challenge him
with a question and a half hour later be able to sign on to my
computer and not only would the question be answered, but he
would challenge me to a question.”

• Feedback can come from classmates:

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