Assessment and FeedbackCoffee Course

Feedback for Learning

Effective feedback is key to learning. But what makes feedback active and influential? Why is some feedback taken on board and other feedback ignored? In this course we’ll explore different types of feedback and the role delivery, timing and style play in maximising the usefulness of, and receptivity to, feedback. We’ll discuss different tools and strategies for effective feedback and how peer feedback can be a particularly powerful tool for learning. Participants in this course will develop practical tools and templates for feedback to apply in their own teaching practice.

Course Dates

This course ran from Wednesday, 22 August to Tuesday, 28 August 2018 through this blog but is accessible online to anyone who is interested. There are 5 blog posts that will each take about 15-20 minutes to work through.


Day 1 – Why is feedback so tricky to get right?

Introduction, literature review, what good and bad practice looks like.

Day 2 –  The role of emotions in the feedback experience

Psychology of feedback and power dynamics, how learners hear feedback, how to lead by example.

Day 3 – Feedback Timing

Best timing throughout session for feedback to have the most impact.

Day 4 – How to make feedback more effective

The value of constructive feedback is feedback that helps learners develop, getting learners to engage with feedback, online feedback tools for external students.

Day 5 – Building student confidence and practical examples of feedback

Feedback on how you give feedback, 1 minute paper on feedback, discuss 2-3 strategies you’ll try.


Dr. Olga Kozar, Senior Learning Designer, Macquarie University

Olga loves all things learning and teaching, and spends her time developing professional development resources, running workshops, writing blog posts and drinking copious amounts of decaf coffee.


Geraldine Timmins, Community and Engagement Lead, Macquarie University

Geraldine is the Editor of Macquarie’s Learning and Teaching community blog, Teche. She enjoys joining dots, starting conversations, sharing information and leading improvement initiatives.


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All are welcome

We welcome all staff, including tutors, demonstrators, professional staff, and academics at the Australian National University and beyond to join us for this course.


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