Feedback is more than a score         or letter grade    Dr. Rosemary Cleveland – GVSU Faculty             College of Educ...
Setting the Stage• Successful online/hybrid faculty are well  organized and have a genuine interest in  helping their stud...
Setting the Stage• Give frequent, early, positive feedback that  supports students beliefs that they can do well.• Ensure ...
Setting the Stage continued…• Make feedback another part of the learning process.• Ask students to provide feedback. Stude...
Objectives• Although there are many tools that can be  used to provide feedback, this  presentation, will showcase how Bla...
Background Information• Course Development History for EDG633 &  EDG638 (Dr. Cleveland)   – Constructivist approach (feedb...
Wimba Voice Announcements• Students appreciate hearing the instructor’s  voice prior to the 1st f2f session• If there are ...
Wimba Voice• Wimba Voice allows for quick audio feedback. Its  like sitting down and having a conversation with a  student...
Mid-Semester SurveyDo the Voice Announcements enhance the instructor’spresence and involvement with course materials?     ...
Wimba Voice Grade Center“I think that adding the Wimba voice file to mygrade comments was worthwhile. It adds apersonal fe...
Grade Center Written Feedback
Discussion Board Private Feedback             using the Grade Tool
The role of the Journal• Journaling often remains an underused  learning tool in an online/hybrid course.• Journaling is a...
Additional Journal Purposes• Maps, charts & graphs• Hyperlinks to web resources• File attachments
Mid-Semester Survey How has private journal entries assisted your mastery of course content?-The private journals offer gr...
Mid-Semester Survey-The discussion board questions help guide my reading, thejournals force me to really reflect upon what...
Journal Feedback Tips• Dont delay feedback. The longer students  have to wait for feedback, the weaker the  connection to ...
Journal Feedback• Give frequent, early, positive feedback
Journal Considerations      Consider putting all the   requirements into a folder          for easy access and       “at-a...
Additional thoughts…• Help students get it right. If students know you want to  see them succeed, and youre willing to hel...
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Dr. Rosemary Cleveland & Kimberly Kenward, Grand Valley State University
Discussion on how to set the stage for a hybrid online environment by designing a course that is well-organized and encourages students to become self-motivated independent learners. Learn how Blackboard allows for a variety of personal/private feedback using the Wimba Voice tool, journals entries, and detailed feedback in the Discussion Board.

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    1. 1. Feedback is more than a score or letter grade Dr. Rosemary Cleveland – GVSU Faculty College of EducationKimberly Kenward – GVSU Instructional Designer Academic Computing
    2. 2. Setting the Stage• Successful online/hybrid faculty are well organized and have a genuine interest in helping their students learn.• Successful online students are self-motivated and independent learners.• Written and oral feedback is even more critical in the success of an online/hybrid student
    3. 3. Setting the Stage• Give frequent, early, positive feedback that supports students beliefs that they can do well.• Ensure opportunities for students success by assigning tasks that are neither too easy nor too difficult (scaffold assignments)• Help students find personal meaning/value in the material and connecting that meaning to real- life application• Create an atmosphere that is open and positive.• Help students feel that they are valued members of a learning community.
    4. 4. Setting the Stage continued…• Make feedback another part of the learning process.• Ask students to provide feedback. Students can monitor and provide feedback to other students, as well as compare their work to criteria.• Engage students in review of their own work and others. This can be very effective using the wiki tool, the group pages discussion board, and the file exchange.• Use rubrics. Rubrics provide criteria against which students can compare their learning. Even better, involve students in developing rubrics. Rubrics help students focus their effort.
    5. 5. Objectives• Although there are many tools that can be used to provide feedback, this presentation, will showcase how Blackboard allows for a variety of personal/private feedback using the Wimba Voice tool, journal entries, and detailed “personal” feedback in the Grade Center.
    6. 6. Background Information• Course Development History for EDG633 & EDG638 (Dr. Cleveland) – Constructivist approach (feedback is used to help the student take control and find success in their learning) – Piloting of Wimba Voice (2010) – Journals vs. Discussion Board (scaffolding of assignments) – Feedback mid-semester surveys• The role of the instructional designer & faculty member (Kim Kenward) – Support and technical considerations for Wimba
    7. 7. Wimba Voice Announcements• Students appreciate hearing the instructor’s voice prior to the 1st f2f session• If there are no f2f sessions, Wimba voice gives a “personal” element to the instructor
    8. 8. Wimba Voice• Wimba Voice allows for quick audio feedback. Its like sitting down and having a conversation with a student.• Wimba reduces the amount of time that it takes to respond to students. Most faculty can talk faster than they can type.• It allows for more constructive feedback. The feedback comes so much easier and more complete when Im speaking rather than writing.
    9. 9. Mid-Semester SurveyDo the Voice Announcements enhance the instructor’spresence and involvement with course materials? Percent Answers Answered True 72.727% False 27.273%
    10. 10. Wimba Voice Grade Center“I think that adding the Wimba voice file to mygrade comments was worthwhile. It adds apersonal feel to the online course. It is good toreceive audible feedback which contains manyelements that are lacking in written feedback.”(Lisa, online student, October 2011)
    11. 11. Grade Center Written Feedback
    12. 12. Discussion Board Private Feedback using the Grade Tool
    13. 13. The role of the Journal• Journaling often remains an underused learning tool in an online/hybrid course.• Journaling is an excellent tool to supplement the discussion board and encourages students’ personal and professional growth and development.• Journaling promotes individual self-discovery in a confidential manner (sometimes students may often include personal information).
    14. 14. Additional Journal Purposes• Maps, charts & graphs• Hyperlinks to web resources• File attachments
    15. 15. Mid-Semester Survey How has private journal entries assisted your mastery of course content?-The private journals offer great reflection and connection toown personal teaching experiences in conjunction with theauthors and the readings.-The private journal has caused me to reflect on my readingsand has helped me to comprehend the content.
    16. 16. Mid-Semester Survey-The discussion board questions help guide my reading, thejournals force me to really reflect upon what I am learning.-The journal lets you say what you want with only the instructorviewing it. It makes you feel comfortable so you can be moretruthful and upfront when writing. The journals have made melook at myself and apply what we are reading to my life andfuture career.
    17. 17. Journal Feedback Tips• Dont delay feedback. The longer students have to wait for feedback, the weaker the connection to their effort becomes, and the less likely they are to benefit.• Be encouraging and appreciative of their views.• Quality responses in the part of the instructor tend to increase the quality of the journal responses from the students.
    18. 18. Journal Feedback• Give frequent, early, positive feedback
    19. 19. Journal Considerations Consider putting all the requirements into a folder for easy access and “at-a-glance” referral.
    20. 20. Additional thoughts…• Help students get it right. If students know you want to see them succeed, and youre willing to help explain how, their learning improves.• Give students opportunities to improve, try again, and get it right. This might not be appropriate with every assignment, but allowing resubmissions goes a long way in helping student’s master course content.• In addition to detailed feedback, providing exemplar work also goes a long way in helping students understand whats a "A" paper or project.
    21. 21. Questions

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