Developmental feedback forms part of your learning process. Summative feedback is part of the process of assessment, both through exams and coursework. Feedback in all its many forms helps you chart your progression.
Feedback on your work and progress
Throughout your studies you will receive feedback on the standard of your work and how to make progress. Within a module you will receive developmental feedback in the course of teaching and learning and also summative feedback after formal assessments
All feedback is given as a guide to your progress. Make sure that you understand the feedback you receive. If there is anything that you do not understand, if you can't read the writing or need examples of better standards, ask your lecturer. If the feedback doesn't make sense to you or if you don't act on the feedback, the activity will be a waste of your own and the lecturer's time.
Therefore, take note of the feedback, ask if you don't understand and put lessons learned into practice.
The University expects Schools/Departments to provide feedback on exams in the case of modules marked entirely by examination. You may be given this feedback by email, as a print out, in the next class or on LEARN. Many lecturers will give this feedback even if the exam is only part of the overall module mark. The feedback will come in generic form, i.e. it will be addressed to the whole class and tell you what people generally did well and generally struggled with.
You will also receive written feedback on your coursework. Often coursework is marked and returned to you before an exam. Read, digest and act on the feedback before your exam.
Feedback comes in a variety of formats; sometimes you will think of it simply as 'teaching' rather than feedback. You can see what formats of feedback you can expect during a module from the module specifications on LEARN.
Recognising what feedback is
Examples of feedback formats:
- Results of in-class tests and quizzes.
- Results of online tasks and tests.
- Performance on homework; compare with other students/model answers.
- Feedback on drafts and plans of work.
- Critiques and discussions after presentations or demonstrations.
- Studio, laboratory or field trip interaction with tutors.
- Dialogue between you, other students and staff in tutorials.
- Placement visit dialogue/reports.
- Results of tasks you mark yourself.
- Results of tasks marked by other students.
- Generic feedback on coursework that is placed on LEARN.
- Individual written feedback on coursework.
- Generic written feedback on examinations.
- Feedback discussed as part of a tutorial.
- Individual feedback on request.
- Model answers.
- Feedback from lecturers and students on group work, presentations etc.
- Your marks.