For our last post of the semester, we turn to this entry of Tomorrow’s Professor, where Rick Ries of Stanford University refers to the work of L. Dee Fink and Grant Wiggins to remind us of the importance of feedback. It also provides tangible examples of an effective feedback cycle.

One key idea in educative assessment is that this process has multiple goals.  In addition to needing procedures that give the students and the teacher valid information about student performance, courses need procedures that support the student’s ability and desire to continue learning.  This means teachers need to attend to the psychological effects of different ways of providing feedback and assessment.

We hope you have a good break and we will see you in early January with more fascinating research on teaching and learning!