My Research into Feedback.
Here you will find information and links to my research paper, a summary video and all the literature that was cited in my research.
Feedback is an important component for producing professional quality work, especially in a digital media class. This study explored the impact that feedback has on student engagement and achievement. Within a project based learning environment students were given feedback by their peers though blog post responses and an online feedback forum. Students also received oral feedback from industry professionals immediately. Data was collected via survey and helped to determine students’ preferred method of feedback. It was determined that more traditional oral feedback given immediately, at various parts of the project was most preferred by students.
Keywords: feedback, digital media
You can view my full research paper here.
Background and Need
Students who enter into Career Technology Education (CTE) pathways are working towards preparing themselves for the workforce. Norton (1983) stated the primary goal of Career Technical Education has been to prepare individuals for meaningful employment. Hands on training with industry standard software, equipment, and an industry experienced instructor is what sets these classrooms apart from traditional subjects. In the case of a multimedia classroom, students are required to display their level of understanding with the use of digital tools.
In addition to knowing how to use the tools, digital media students must also be able to display understanding of the elements of art and principles of design. Students of digital media cannot live in a vacuum without receiving any form of timely and relevant feedback to improve their work. Poor quality feedback is a frequent complaint from students (Bryant 2010). So what type of feedback do students most prefer? Does it meet the criteria of the assignment? Is it nearing that of at a professional quality level? These are questions that students must be able to answer if they are to excel and be prepared to enter the professional world. Feedback is traditionally given by oral means and this study attempted to gather data and explore the impact of using digital versus verbal means of feedback. Is there a preference among students?
Video Summary of Research Paper
Several studies centered around digital feedback were used to explore different ideas and methodology on student feedback and the impact it has on student achievement and engagement. Several themes regarding digital feedback were explored. The significance of digital feedback tools and digital feedback and its role in student engagement and achievement. Looking at how different researchers approached feedback in general coupled with a digital means of delivery and response proved very insightful and allowed the researcher to consider more aspects of this topic.
The findings of Popkin (2010) and Xu (2010) particularly help to explore some of the risks, timing and means at which feedback is disseminated to students .