Brown Bag Research Series

Enhancing the provision of student feedback using technology and improving student feedback literacy

Room 6.30, Level 6, 111 Barry Street

Feedback is a critical pedagogical practice in higher education and has been identified as the most powerful single influence on student achievement (Hattie & Timperley, 2007). There is a need for academics to deliver effective feedback to students, particularly in the aspects of clarity, timing, and usability. Recently, there is also a shift in the literature from understanding feedback as ‘informing students of the gaps’ to ‘a process in which students have a major role to play’ (Dawson et al., 2018). It is identified that students lack the understanding, capacities and dispositions to make sense of the feedback information (Carless & Boud, 2018).

This presentation aims to discuss the design of a teaching project, which tries to address both issues. That is, to use technology-enabled feedback tool, OnTask, to generate personalised feedback for students, while enhancing student feedback literacy to maximise the uptake of feedback. The presentation also shares some preliminary findings from prior-students focus group studies on how these students perceive the feedback provided.

Presenter: Sarah Yang Spencer, a CPA member since 2006, and a senior lecturer at the Department of Accounting, University of Melbourne.  Sarah’s research focus and areas of expertise include business strategy, strategic management accounting, organisational learning, management control system, the scholarship of teaching and learning, and curriculum internationalisation.