What is the optimum amount of feedback?
For MCQ: do we need to provide feedback at a question level? Students can simply list the correct answers and pass the test next time without even thinking. Better practice would be to provide just comments on wrong answers. That may make students think. http://community.articulate.com/forums/p/10283/61554.aspx
For essays: there must always be point(s) how to improve. However, one or two paragraphs would be sufficient, learners will not take more. http://www.lancs.ac.uk/celt/celtweb/files/making best use of assessment feedback.pdf
For practical tasks: students want ongoing feedback to check if they are on the right track. However, they do not use it! Well, only one or two out of the whole class – once or twice each, not more.
Why students may not want to receive feedback?
- getting destructive feedback
- fear of feedback
- not being in position to receive it
- it may not be relevant to the next task
- it may challenge learner’s reputation
- may put a learner under pressure