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CRADLE Seminar Series: Feedback in online learning

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Join us for this special panel exploring the evolving nature of feedback in online learning.

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Feedback in online learning

A/Prof. Rola Ajjawi (CRADLE, Deakin University)

Prof. Michael Henderson (Monash University)

Prof. Michael Sankey (Griffith University)

Chair: A/Prof. Phillip Dawson (CRADLE, Deakin University)

Higher education’s rapid shift to online teaching, learning and assessment has provided educators and students with many new opportunities and challenges. Join us for this special panel exploring the evolving nature of feedback in online learning, from technology and dialogue to the feedback process and online exams.

Chaired by CRADLE’s A/Prof. Phillip Dawson and featuring A/Prof. Rola Ajjawi (CRADLE), Prof. Michael Henderson (Monash University) and Prof. Michael Sankey (Griffith University), the panel will share their own research, discuss the current state of feedback in online learning, and take questions from the audience.

A/Prof. Rola Ajjawi

The use of technology to promote feedback processes in higher education is on the rise. Research identifies that students are generally satisfied with technology-enhanced feedback (e.g. video, audio), yet improvements in learning outcomes are more elusive. These suggest that a simple media swap is insufficient, and that designing effective feedback processes to promote relationships and dialogue is key.

Prof. Michael Henderson

In light of COVID-19, universities have rapidly shifted to online assessment practices. However, there is a risk that, while much attention has been given to assessment design including issues around security and academic integrity, there has not been as much attention paid to enhancing feedback in a digital context. In this session I will highlight two ongoing projects: first, the need to better understand the alignment of intention and sense-making in the feedback process; and second, the opportunities for rich media and dialogic designs to support that sense-making.

Prof. Michael Sankey

What sector-wide lessons have been learned from pivoting quickly to online exams, based on the feedback from 20 universities so far, and what options were adopted? This is closely aligned with the need to empower staff to look at assessment of learning and teaching in different ways and how intensive training now, during this time, will have enduring benefits.

This seminar is the fourth in our online-only series. Join us for a thought-provoking virtual panel and discussion!

Rola Ajjawi is an Associate Professor in Education Research at the Centre for Research in Assessment and Digital Learning, Deakin University. Her research aims to identify and promote the social and relational aspects of learning with a focus on dialogic feedback and workplace learning. She has published over 100 journals articles and chapters, and is editor of five published books including Developing Evaluative Judgement in Higher Education and most recently The Impact of Feedback in Higher Education. She is Deputy Editor of the journal Medical Education.

Michael Henderson is Professor of Digital Futures in the Faculty of Education at Monash University. His research lies in the implications and applications of digital technologies in learning from the early years through to tertiary settings. Michael led the OLT-funded Feedback for Learning project team. His current work in feedback ranges across issues of sense-making, agency, and impact, particularly in relation to digital media.

Professor Michael Sankey is the Director of Learning Transformations at Griffith University in Brisbane, Australia. He specialises in technology-enhanced learning, staff and leadership development, curriculum renewal, online pedagogies, multimodal design, digital, visual and multiliteracies. Michael is also the President of the Australasian Council on Open, Distance and e-Learning (ACODE). He has worked in higher education for 30+ years and is particularly interested in how constructively aligned and aesthetically enhanced learning environments can better transmit concepts to students, particularly those from diverse backgrounds.

Associate Professor Phillip (Phill) Dawson is Associate Director of the Centre for Research in Assessment and Digital Learning. His assessment research interests include feedback; digital threats to academic integrity; academics’ assessment design thinking; and learning analytics. Phill’s forthcoming book, Defending Assessment Security in a Digital World: Preventing E-Cheating and Supporting Academic Integrity in Higher Education, will be published in November 2020.

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