e-Assessment Scotland 2012: New Conceptions of Feedback and How They Might Be Put into Practice

Professor David Boud from the University of Technology Sydney is first up with his keynote focusing on “models of feedback that capture old and new ways of conceptualising the contribution of feedback to learning”. He challenged the way feedback is used and encouraged us to think carefully about what feedback really means. He presented three models:


He defined sustainable feedback:

He emphasised that feedback bridges the gap between teaching and learning and to be effective it requires engagement, it’s just not meaningful as an independent act. He urged us to make our feedback learner driven and to position it as part of learning.

Takeaway tweets:

‘We do not position feedback as if we expect students to act on it – we rely on hope!’

‘Worst case: we are undermining students’ ability to learn’

Judge feedback in terms of effect, on what learners do, on improvement!

Digital might mean doing bad feedback more efficiently.

Is there a more educationally destructive concept than anonymous assessment?