By Randi Kirkland

Quality Matters (QM) Specific Standard 3.5 states “The course provides learners with multiple opportunities to track their learning progress with timely feedback.” Students may learn more effectively if they are provided constructive feedback at several points throughout the course. This will reinforce successes and allow them to correct mistakes on subsequent activities or higher stake assessments. Feedback and opportunities for students to track their own learning progress can occur in multiple ways.

Manual Feedback from the Instructor

  • Comments on individual drafts of a paper or other practice writing assignments where you provide feedback and enough time for students to implement your recommendations

Automated Feedback

  • Practice quizzes and chapter quizzes that allow students to see which questions they missed, and possibly allow multiple attempts
  • Quizzes or tests with built in feedback that provide missed questions along with an explanation or resource
  • Interactive games or simulations with automated feedback

Self and Peer Assessment

  • Drafts that peers review
  • Sample papers, keys, and rubrics students can use to assess their own work

Additional Suggestions

  • Include the expected turn-around time for grading in your course syllabus so that students know what to expect.
  • When providing feedback on a written activity, keep a Word document open. Save the comments that you find yourself using often. Copy, paste, adjust as needed.
  • Record an audio or video comment providing feedback if you feel it will be more beneficial for the student to hear you talk through the work.
  • Utilize Canvas to streamline feedback on quizzes and tests. Feedback can be added within the quiz tool so that students receive certain feedback for correct answers, different feedback for incorrect answers, or specific feedback per answer choice.
  • Contact Jerad Watson, Instructional Technologist, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to learn how to provide quiz feedback, record feedback in the gradebook, utilize the peer review tool, etc.

If interested in assistance with instructional design assistance in incorporating opportunities for feedback in your course, please contact Samira Laouzai at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..