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Learning and feedback

A guide to Higher Education learning and feedback.

Learning is…

Communities of practice – sharing learning and knowledge with others.

Experiential learning – learning through reflection on experiences.

Situated learning – connecting learning through cultural content and real activities.

Think about how you have been learning today.

Have you:

  • discussed a topic with your peers in class or in the common room?
  • read a news story and linked it with a topic in a module?
  • worked with a group on a presentation?
  • gone to a lecture, workshop or seminar and developed ideas with your classmates?
  • visited a location to see how it is used or could be used?

Feedback is…

  • when you are trying to decide on a research topic and your lecturer gives you guidance
  • when you tell your lecturer about something you have read and you discuss how to include it in your assignment
  • meeting for a group tutorial about your assignment
  • getting verbal and written comments about your work, project, assignment or practical
  • having a conversation with your tutor about your progress, achievement or results
  • getting direction, suggestions and advice about your studies
  • on-going and constant dialogue
  • provided in many ways – face-to-face in classes and tutorials, through grades/marking and written in an email or assessment feedback
  • formal, informal and practical
  • timely, fair and personal
  • constructive to help you improve
  • provided inside and outside the classroom
  • a chat in a corridor or café
  • a process which strengthens the learning process

We work hard to provide effective feedback because we want to support your development and help you to achieve your goals.

Have you thought about how and when you receive feedback?

Auditory – active listening such as tutor talk, group discussion, lectures and seminars.

Constructivism – elements of active learning or engagement to make learning meaningful by applying knowledge to experiences.

Deep learning – learning holistically by demonstrating your understanding of ideas and concepts.

Kinaesthetic – making and doing activities, debates, presentations, mooting, workshops.

Scaffolding – learning by using support systems such as Moodle, the library, learning resources, ebooks, journals, videos, and support from tutors and peers.

Visual learning – watching Moodle clips, visiting websites, watching demos, YouTube, visiting the gallery, watching a play or film.

Last updated: 19 May 2020

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