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How to create quality assessments and provide timely feedback in Brightspace

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Today we continue our exploration of how Chickering and Gamson’s seven principles of good pedagogical practice can be achieved and supported through use of the Brightspace learning management system (LMS). You can access the entire blog series here, or start from the top with Blog #1.

Principle 4: “Give prompt feedback”

When it comes to evaluation, the path to student success is lined with high-quality assessments and effective feedback. Students need clear, prompt, and meaningful feedback in order to reflect upon the material that they have grasped, and to recognize the areas where they can improve before next time. In an online learning space, this feedback can also function as a crucial way to foster the connection between teacher and student.

Let’s begin by exploring the Assignments tool in the Brightspace platform, your one-stop-shop to build assessments, locate student work, and share feedback:

  • Use our Annotations toolbar to add text, highlighting, and other mark-up features directly onto uploaded student work
  • Leave descriptive comments below student work, and even link to a specific piece of recommended content
  • Add a file attachment to showcase an exemplar or additional resources of interest
  • Record up to thirty minutes of video feedback for increased student engagement
  • Choose the appropriate success criteria on an attached Brightspace Rubric
  • Provide students with a numeric score, which can automatically feed into the Grades tool if you are using it

Best of all, you will be able to see a timestamp within the submission list showcasing precisely when each student has opened his or her feedback—eliminating all the guesswork! You can also choose to save drafts as you go, then simultaneously publish all feedback once everything has been graded, in order to avoid potential learner anxiety.

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Can You Hear Me Now?

As mentioned above, our Assignments tool allows you to record up to thirty minutes of video feedback in lieu of, or in addition to, written comments. Leibold and Schwarz explain that students gain more clarity from audio feedback than from written feedback; studies even show increased cognitive development and more satisfaction with the instructor when students receive a mix of audio and written feedback. They highlight: “Video recordings of feedback for learners are timesavers and provide clear, personalized messages for the learner that include non-verbal communications.”

Quick Eval

Finally, on the topic of necessarily prompt feedback, don’t forget to access our Quick Eval tool to view a list of ungraded assessments (Assignments, Quizzes, Discussions) across all of the courses that you teach! You will be able to filter this list by submission date (useful for grading on a “first in first out” basis), student name, assessment type, and more. Save yourself time by promptly providing your feedback through this convenient assessment hub.

Check out our free Guide for Developing Quality K-12 Assessments in Brightspace to discover even more best practices for developing online assessments that effectively measure student learning.

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