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P4: Provide Constructive Feedback

Why provide constructive feedback to students on a regular basis? What is considered constructive feedback?

  • Constructive feedback is:
    • Specific
    • Relevant
    • Timely
    • Frequent
    • Accurate
  • Constructive feedback offers a mix of positive and corrective feedback
  • Feedback is constructive and useful if provided to students on a regular basis regarding:
    • Short-term and in class assignments
    • Long term assignments
    • Group work
    • Class participation
    • Tests/evaluations


  • Use course rubrics to actively communicate how a student’s performance translates to their grade
  • Use course rubrics as a self assessment tool before students submit work
  • Provide feedback on assignments that includes an explanation for both correct and incorrect answers
  • Provide progress reports at set intervals throughout the semester
  • Structure long-term assignments by providing students with the option of turning in sections and /or dearly drafts for constructive feedback
  • Allow students to remediate multiple choice sections on exams by explaining correct answer for partial credit
  • Provide homework checklist as an evaluative tool for grade calculation
  • Provide students with the ability to “contract “ for the grade they wish to earn

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