Feedback in eLearning must be consistent throughout. Giving good feedback is however a different question. E-learning courses commonly make use of feedback such as ‘Yes! That’s right’ or ‘No, that’s incorrect’, This leaves little space for reinforcement or motivation.
There are a few more ways you can give feedback that not only teaches, but also has a fun element to motivate the learner. Let us see more.
As mentioned earlier, eLearning courses commonly use extrinsic feedback. Intrinsic feedback is based on real life situations and scenarios that help learners understand real world circumstances. Intrinsic feedback provides feedback in terms of a real-world scenario. This kind of feedback encourages and motivates learners to do more, rather than just telling them whether their answer is right or wrong, making the learning process more memorable and effective.
Let’s take a look at an example of intrinsic feedback below:
As the word suggests, delayed feedback is an idea where you can time the feedback rather than giving it immediately. Delaying feedback encourages learners to reflect on their choices, and this makes them think a bit more on a particular learning point. Another way of using delayed feedback is to ask a follow-up question, asking the learners explain their previous choices. For instance, you can ask the learner an ice breaker question at the beginning of the topic. The learner answers the question and moves on to the next screen. Once the topic ends, the learner is provided with the feedback. Here, you can ask follow up questions that reinforce the entire learning process.
Nothing is better than a motivated learner; a motivated learner is a good learner. In addition to the ways listed above, you can motivate your learners by exaggeration. For example, if your learner selects the right option, you can use phrases such as Hurray!, Bingo!, Great Going! and Well Done!, followed by the actual feedback. The same can be applied for incorrect options, where phrases, such as What’s your second guess? or Give it another try, can be used. By doing so, the learner doesn’t feel disheartened on giving the wrong answer.
I hope this post is helpful. How do you provide feedback? We’d love to hear your experiences.