Feedback for Learning

Feedback for Learning

Better Feedback: A Key to Better Learning

Socrates was onto something. The ancient scholar crafted learning not from lectures but from feedback.

The need to maximize the effectiveness of feedback is becoming clearer and clearer as instruction shifts toward more student-centered methods that promote higher learning.

Feedback is not only a highly student-centered instructional tool, it is also one of the most powerful teaching tools available.

But of course it needs to be the right kind of feedback.

Much of what we offer students tends to miss the mark and offers them little insight into what they got wrong and what they need to do to get it right the next time.

Feedback has to be used thoughtfully if it is going to promote learning.

Instructors need a proven feedback model that can improve student comprehension and performance. That is exactly what you will find in Feedback for Learning.

Learning Goals

This new Magna White Paper is organized around the argument that, when done right, feedback is a powerful—perhaps the most powerful—tool for facilitating student learning.

And any instructor in any discipline can generate powerful feedback once they learn how.
This report’s recommendations are explained clearly and in detail, with examples given to illustrate each point.

After reading Feedback for Learning, you will immediately see feedback in a new light. You will be able to:

  • Identify opportunities for using real-time feedback in the classroom—you don’t have to save it for assignments and exams
  • Perform deep reading of student work
  • Use introductory comments to provide a structure and context for margin notes
  • Employ feedback from one assignment to generate better work in future assignments

Topics Covered

Delivering meaningful feedback often requires a shift of priorities and a reallocation of time.

Research shows that good, solid feedback generates more learning than traditional lectures do.

But that means understanding what good feedback is—as well as what it isn’t. Fortunately, Feedback for Learning is the resource you need. More specifically, this report explores:

  • Why feedback is such a powerful tool
  • Common ways we get feedback wrong, failing to advance student learning
  • Why we need to stop using feedback to justify grades and assessments if we want to use it to help students learn
  • How to craft meaningful, goal-oriented, timely, personal feedback
  • How to use feed-forward and feed-up to position students for better assignment and assessment performance
  • How to avoid the pitfalls of praise
  • The right and wrong ways to employ questions in feedback
  • Strategies for reviewing student work in a meaningful way in order to generate powerful, effective feedback

This white paper drives home the idea that time spent on feedback is time well spent.

It generates higher learning and is far more effective than traditional lectures.


Feedback for Learning is a clear, actionable guide to crafting meaningful feedback in your courses. These are insights you can put to use right away. It is the resource you need if you’re ready to transform your teaching. Order today!


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