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Closing 

 The GAP:

What Students Say About Instructor Feedback

Insights into improving formative feedback from 1,000 students

What do students value in terms of instructor feedback on their writing? And, how does the timing of the receipt of feedback impact the development of students’ writing skills?

Turnitin recently conducted a survey of 1,000 students to gather insights into how instructor feedback impacts the development of student writing.

Key Findings

Areas of Feedback

Students find feedback on “thesis/development” the most valuable, but report receiving more feedback on grammar/mechanics and composition/structure.

Feedback Received vs Feedback Preferred

Students Receiving Feedback


Students Rating Feedback "Most Useful"


Difference



Types of Feedback

Though 66.5 percent of students reported receiving “general, overall comments” on their paper, only 46 percent of those students rated that feedback as “very helpful.”

Ten percent of students rate voice/audio comments as very helpful, but only 2.7 percent currently receive this type of feedback.

Feedback Received vs Feedback Preferred

Students Receiving Feedback


Students Rating Feedback "Very Helpful"


Difference

Demographics

Education Level

Subjects for Which Students Complete Written Assignments

Recommendations

  • Instructors should discuss feedback—both the types and the timing of receipt—with their students.
  • Student input on the perceived value of audio feedback and the value of feedback on their specific thesis/development underscore a desire for more individual, personalized feedback.
  • Instructors should consider giving electronic-based feedback to meet students where they are.
  • Students value early feedback, even if it means receiving the feedback without grades attached.
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