Higher Education

How To Provide More Effective Feedback to Students

A short clip where JD Schramm describes how GoReact has allowed him to be more efficient in providing feedback to students

Watch as JD Schramm outlines how he uses GoReact to provide effective feedback to students and provides key endnotes that will help increase student growth.


JD Schramm:

My review, which before I was using GoReact, I kind of felt like I was the authority. I’m the person who put a number on it. I’m the person who wrote out all of the rubrics and the feedback. My feedback is valuable. I do bring that expertise into the classroom, but now I can also give feedback on the feedback. I can say many of your peers saw it this way, but in a professional audience this may not work or this may not be as appropriate. I can actually disagree with some of the feedback that they’ve gotten, and be able to say, I know a couple of your peers were concerned about volume at this point. I think that’s only on the video. In the class itself, I was able to hear you just fine. So I can either amplify or contradict or right size some of the peer feedback, and tip into efficiency here for a minute, I also don’t have to make as many comments because they have said it and their peers have said it. I can just say I agree with what’s been said there. You need to work on that topic.

One of the valuable pieces for me is the end note, which the peers don’t do the end note, only the professor does the end note in the way I use GoReact. And that is at the end of the talk, at the end of all of the feedback, I then will synthesize for the student the two or three things they did the very best, and the two or three things that I see as most important for them to work on. They may get 20 to 100 pieces of individual feedback, and that can be overwhelming. And I want to put in proportion of had a filler word, um, uh, you know, or like, with had a clear and sustained compelling message. So the end note lets me really put into perspective with all of this feedback, what’s the most crucial thing that you need to know?

I have done typed in notes, which is the typical way I think to do the on GoReact. But I’ve also done video feedback at the end where I will say just directly to the camera, “Sherry, really liked what you did in today’s talk. I thought these three things went particularly well. As you and I have talked about in office hours, you still need to work on direct eye contact and projection that the back row can hear you as well. Keep up the good work. I look forward to seeing what’s on your next presentation.” That oral communication directly from me to the students builds a sense of connection, but also allows me to be very effective in the feedback that I provide there.