Issues around the quality and speed of student feedback have been a burning issue for students long before the inception of the National Student Survey. However with the trebling of fees, students are demanding change and it is an issue that can no longer be ignored.
Academics are finding increasing demands are being placed on their time, ranging from dealing with larger, more diverse student cohorts to producing higher levels of research output and quality. Therefore how can academics be expected to make any significant changes in this area?
One way will be to exploit the online tools they have in place for supporting student learning. Blackboard (www.blackboard.com) saves staff time for the whole assessment and feedback process while also making it possible for staff to provide feedback in flexible ways such as, written or voice or multi-media feedback. It will also enable their feedback to be stored online in one dedicated place so that students can go back and view, review and reflect on this whenever they wish to do so.
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