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Best Practices of Giving Feedback for E-learning Assessments

Feedback in an eLearning course is as important as its learning objectives. It has a significant impact on learning. In this post, we will look at the WHY, WHEN and HOW to provide feedback in an online course.

WHY Feedback?

It aims to:

  • Reinforce learning
  • Justify the basis of their scoring i.e. the pass or fail percentage in the course
  • Develop the capability to self-evaluate their own learning

WHEN to give feedback?

  • Feedback needs to be provided throughout the course, rather than just at the end
  • After each learning point is completed
  • For activities like branching scenarios and case studies

HOW to give feedback?

Feedback Must Be Immediate

Feedback must be given after the learner answers the question and clicks submit. This helps in the quick reinforcement of a specific learning point.

Feedback Must Be Immediate

Feedback Must Be Explanatory

Feedback must explain why the answer is correct or incorrect. This adds value to the learning context. This helps, especially, if the learner was wrong or made a lucky guess.

Feedback must be Explanatory

Feedback Must Be Consistent

In an online course, it is confusing to offer explanatory feedback at one stage of the course and simple ‘Yes, that’s correct or incorrect’ in another stage of the same course. Feedback must be given in the same manner. It helps in having a set framework to give feedback and avoids learner confusion.

Feedback Must Be Explanatory

Feedback Must Be Explanatory

Feedback Must Be Constructive

Constructive feedback not only an offers an explanation of the options but also explains other aspects related to a particular topic. This supports learners’ progress and retains their interest.

Feedback must be Constructive

Feedback is essential to learner-centric eLearning course design. These are some of the ways of providing feedback for assessments. Hope you find them useful.

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