From fast food to a well-balanced diet: Toward a programme focused approach to feedback in higher education

Kimberly Wilder-Davis, David Carless, Mark Huxham, Velda McCune, Joan McLatchie, Tansy Jessope, Hazel Marzetti

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Feedback may be considered ‘good’ according to many of the criteria in the literature whilst still having little or no impact on students’ learning in the longer term. Feedback in the context of this paper is defined as the process of learners obtaining information about their work in order to produced improved learning. This comes from tutors, peers, or even self-evaluation. Here we argue for greater prominence for feedback in curriculum design. Clear principles for giving guidance on assessments and feedback at the programme level, which complement those already established and widely used for single assessments, would help curriculum designers consider communication to students about assessments in a broader context. These processes should create a dialogue that aids the students’ progression in their learning from one module to the next and encourages the development of autonomous learners. Based on a review of the literature on programme-focused approaches to teaching, assessment and feedback, the current paper delineates the benefits of a programme level approach to communication around assessments and proffers a list of broad principles that will help academics achieve a coherent and developmental approach to feedback.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3-15
JournalPractitioner Research in Higher Education
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 16 Dec 2021

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • programme focused feedback
  • feedback
  • feedback literacy
  • student engagement


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