Feedback is a critical multi-dimensional component of the teaching and learning process. Instructional feedback occurs from the instructor(s) to the students, from students to the instructor(s), and amongst students in the form of peer-feedback. It is important to consider how you will incorporate all three forms of feedback into your teaching context throughout the course, not just at the end.
When delivered effectively, feedback can:
Correct misunderstandings and/or confirms understandings in advance of a summative evaluation
Improve clinical practice → better patient outcomes
Help students focus on effort not grade → fosters growth mindset
Contributes to a positive, “brave”, learning environment
Data suggest that feedback should have these 7 characteristics: