Global Education

Authenticity Matters in Assessment

A short video clip sharing what students say is lacking with most feedback and how you can make it more meaningful

Research done by JISC shows that authenticity and personalized feedback are favored among students.


Sarah Knight:

It’s about the authenticity, the experience and that’s something that has come through our research is that it really is important for students to have the real world experience. Healthcare profession is one example where that lends itself really well. Obviously you’ve mentioned Jenny, through teacher education, but really ensuring that students are assessing the skills and knowledge that is required when they move out into the workplace, so I think that’s the one aspect.

I think the other aspect is that personalization of the feedback and students really do value that personalization of feedback and I think that’s another huge advantage, but also I think the timeliness of it as well, it’s giving that meaningful feedback at the right point in the right context and that really does help students to engage better with feedback.

We know obviously from our research that we’ve done in Jisc, but also from the recent report that was published by the advanced HEPI around student experience survey, that feedback is always something that students respond quite negatively to in terms of quality. The more we can enhance the timeliness of feedback, the specific feedback to help students improve rather than generic comments, that is all going to support that assessment as learning and to really help students feel that they are engaging and having a better understanding of what’s being assessed.