Why is it So Important to Provide Specific Feedback for Online Students?
Online Feedback is More Prevalent than Ever
Online classes are more popular than ever before. The number of students taking courses entirely online at high school and college levels is growing immensely. According to the Babson Survey Research Group, almost one-third of all students in higher education are enrolled in at least one online class, and this number has been increasing steadily for the last 15 years.
The National Education Policy Center reports that students taking online courses perform the same or slightly better than students taking the same courses in a traditional classroom setting. There is no drop-off in gained knowledge when switching to online classes. In addition, some evidence suggests that students are more actively engaged with the online content than when sitting in a classroom.
Grading and Feedback in the Online World
Having been on both sides of online instruction—as an instructor of online courses, and as an online graduate student—I have noticed there can be a lack of one-on-one communication and feedback between the online instructor and individual student.
Teachers want to provide guidance to make sure the student knows what they are doing right and what they are doing wrong. With online tests and quizzes, if the questions are multiple choice, it’s easy for a student to find the correct answer when reviewing their corrected work. But for essay and short-response questions, just seeing that they answered incorrectly is not enough. The students need to know why. How can you make a connection with each of your online students?
Feedback allows for the teacher to do a bit of coaching, and for students to use this feedback in future assignments. Research indicates that feedback will promote better learning for all involved. Sending an email explaining a grade for each assignment to every online student, though, is extremely time consuming.
How to Give Online Feedback
This is where LessonWriter proves to be invaluable to the educator. Assigning work using LessonWriter allows automatic scoring when it comes to multiple choice questions, as well as enables the teacher to leave feedback using a 4-point rubric on any questions that require the student to write out an answer. Plus, there are comment boxes with each of the questions so the teacher can explain the score and provide suggestions.
If you have not tried LessonWriter, whether you teach online or in the classroom, check out all of our options online. The LessonWriter Premium Teacher or School accounts allow you to simplify scoring and give feedback to your students in a short amount of time.