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What are the options for feedback and self-assessment/mastery?

IU-supported technology enables feedback in many forms, including instructor-to-student feedback, student-peer feedback, and self-assessment. Delivering feedback promptly and constructively boosts student learning.

Instructors will already have avenues for feedback in place that need only minor adaptations to be effective during times of high absenteeism. For example, when grading papers, comments can be placed in the Oncourse Gradebook or Oncourse Assignments. These tools allow asynchronous delivery of feedback of any assignment able to be submitted as a computer file, including papers, video-taped presentations, graphic designs, etc. When instructors believe a dialogue would improve the feedback, then discussions may be the most logical choice. These discussions could be asynchronous or synchronous.

For more on discussions, see How can I effectively manage discussions, including case-study, project, and problem-based learning discussions?

Peer review can also be accomplished with IU-supported tools. Peer review may be thought of as a discussion, and instructors would adapt the ways of conducting discussion to facilitate peer review. There are, however, many ways to facilitate peer review. For peer review of papers, distribution of peer review forms and student papers can be accomplished using group activity strategies, such as setting up group-restricted folders in Oncourse Resources. For more on collaborative learning and group activities, see How can I create collaborative learning opportunities and facilitate group work?

Finally, students can complete self-assessments and reflections as part of the learning process. Instructors can facilitate self-assessments and reflections by setting up questionnaires and surveys in the Oncourse Tests & Surveys tool. Blogs and discussion forums can be set up to encourage self-reflection much like journaling. Reflection worksheets can be distributed and collected using Oncourse Assignments.

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Instructors can get help using technology in their teaching at the teaching and learning centers on each campus; see How do I contact the teaching and learning centers at each IU campus?