March 16, 2020

Feedback Resources

As people are moving into online environments, you may find that you have a lot more opportunities for students to interact and give each other feedback on their work. One of the biggest advantages for me in teaching online is the way the students' work leaves a digital trail, and that then makes it possible for students to interact with each other, giving each other feedback on their work. I'll be collecting here some of the materials I share with my students about giving each other feedback, along with some thoughts about (un)grading.

I'm starting these notes on Monday evening, and I'll finish them on Tuesday.
  1. Feedback Bootcamp. This is an overview of the five weeks' worth of work students do at the start of the semester to get ready for giving feedback on each other's projects for the rest of the semester.
  2. Feedback: My Diigo Bookmarks. I've got a lot of different articles bookmarked in Diigo to share with students, and to also share with anyone else, teachers and students alike.
  3. Feedback Gallery. I asked the students to share with me the best feedback comments they got one semester, and I put those comments into a Gallery (a big Google Doc). It's been a really useful resource in showing students just what good feedback looks like.
  4. Student to Student Advice. In another semester, I asked students to suggest advice they would give to future students, and I turned that into a student-to-student widget in the class announcements.
  5. Alternate Grading in a Crisis. I'll be keeping track here of efforts by different schools to introduce P/NP grading options during the coronavirus crisis of Spring 2020.
  6. Ungrading: All-Feedback-No-Grades. This is a link to a book chapter that I wrote for Ungrading: Why Rating Students Undermines Learning (and What to Do Instead), edited by Susan D. Blum, coming from West Virginia University Press later this year (listed at Amazon already, whoo-hoo!).


  1. Thanks for posting this, Laura. I'll be sharing these resources with the instructors that I am supporting during the move to emergency online teaching.

    1. So glad if it can be useful. Most of my students start out as reluctant writers. Grades would be a setback, but with feedback, everyone (EVERYONE) improves! Plus I keep learning too. :-)

  2. Thanks for your insights! Always knew something was offish with grading, just didn't know what. Undermining the very purpose for which grades are meant to promote, which is learning, I also support this revolutionary move towards the use of Feedback. But I've also seen instructors grading peer assessment, which is feedback, which then complicates assessment and reduces it to grades. Thanks for this.

    1. from my experience, putting the peer feedback in the ungrading context is a big help: students can just see feedback as a conversation, not as judging. :-)


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