Feedback is one of the best ways for learners to grow and is a key valued-added component that course instructors and admins can contribute, but how can it be provided? The NovoEd platform provides multiple opportunities for course administrators to give feedback to learners from course-wide to individual (public or private) feedback.
Course-wide feedback can be given through email communication, announcements, and even on the content pages. Often, instructors looking through submissions will notice certain trends or common challenges faced by the course. Highlighting these common successes or failures to the course as a whole is an excellent method to provide feedback at scale. The feedback can be included in any course communication or announcements. Additionally, some previous instructors have recorded a video of verbally giving feedback to provide an extra, personal touch, that is then added either to a course-wide communication or to a content page.
Individual Feedback - Private
Individual feedback given privately provides direct feedback that is clearly personal to a specific learner. The private nature of the feedback can be useful in demonstrating the importance of provided feedback (since it is clearly individual), and can pre-empt any potential embarrassment of public feedback. On the NovoEd platform, this private feedback can be given informally through the 1-to-1 messaging system, or more formally through the structured course admin peer review system. If planning to give structured private feedback to everyone, the peer review system works well, but individual messaging works better for more informal private feedback.
Individual Feedback - Public
Publicly available individual feedback combines the best of both the targeted nature of individual feedback and the publicly available component of course-wide feedback. This type of feedback enables everyone to see the course admin’s comments on specific submissions, increasing the applicability of the shared thoughts. Such feedback can be called out very publicly, such as through course communications or announcements (and can serve as an example of feedback with course-wise applicability). On the other hand, it can be more targeted and informal, such as a comment on a submission, which enables anyone viewing the submission to see the course administrator's comments.