Okay, as of today, I think I have the feedback flow in my class squared away in terms of the student assignments. There's lots more I could do... but I've made enough changes for Fall that it will count as a good experiment, and then I can tinker some more in the Spring. This year is going to be a hard one, I know that in advance (family stuff), so I'm really glad to have made these changes and to have them nicely in place. Here's what I've done:
Feedback resource site. I cleaned up and annotated the feedback articles that I had bookmarked in Diigo and created a resource site for my students that I hope can be useful to others too. It's inside my old Growth Mindset Canvas course space:
I've also documented the simple step-by-step for adding new articles to that site. I was so excited that Cathy Davidson noticed this at Twitter, and she is sharing it around at HASTAC. The power of open sharing!!!
Revised assignments. Based on those resources, I redesigned by first two feedback exploration assignments. I think they are going to be even better now that there is a real library of articles for students to browse if they want:
Expanded techniques. In the past I had students practice a set of strategies that I called WWW, and I was really pleased to find out that my own WWW is a lot like the TAG approach that is popular among writing teachers, esp. in K-12. So, I now have two weeks of practice, WWW and also TAG so that students can see it's possible to create different approaches/mnemonics for feedback, based on what works best for them:
Oh, note to self: one thing I need to do is to update the Growth Mindset Challenges to include more feedback challenges, and encouraging students to come up with a mnemonic of their own for feedback strategies could be really cool!
Feedback Gallery. I wrote a separate post about the Feedback Gallery; along with WWW and TAG, this is the most important resource I have to help students learn to do a good job with feedback.
... see the Gallery in Canvas
Feedback Padlet. I'm using a Padlet to keep track of feedback graphics which I can reuse in the class announcements, and which the students can also browse for ideas and information. I wrote about that here:
... see the Padlet in Canvas
Weekly Project Feedback (Weeks 6-14)
Final feedback. As their final feedback assignment of the semester, I'll be asking students to help me add more examples to the Feedback Gallery!
Fun new widget. I created a fun new widget that draws on my Feedback Cats plus my new Feedback Padlet so that there is a new random feedback resource or graphic that shows up at the bottom of those feedback pages. I just learned that all items in a Padlet have a very nice linkable address, so that's what allowed me to make a widget based on content in a Padlet. So, the graphics that come from the Padlet link to the Padlet; the graphics from the Mindset blog link to the blog; each graphic has a "find out more" link below. I've added the widget to my Canvas Widget Warehouse!
I was feeling a little bad that there were other ideas and experiments I wanted to explore, but looking at this list, I feel really good about it. I need to move on to other things in order to be done getting my classes set up this week, and I am very excited to see what the students will do with these new resources and strategies.