Providing quality feedback to learners is an important part of Assessment for Learning (AfL). Learners should be enabled to reflect on their learning, and they should understand that assessment will support them in their learning and will allow them to develop their understanding of their next steps (The Scottish Government, 2011). Feedback is information which fills a gap between what is understood and what is aimed to be understood (Hattie and Clarke, 2008). Online learning requires teachers to still place a focus on giving learners quality feedback which helps them to identify their strengths and next steps. Online learning can present many challenges, one of which being that children may feel isolated when completing learning tasks as they do not have the support of their class teacher in front of them. Teachers can aid children with their tasks and also with any ICT problems, as some children may not have the skills required for online learning which may lead to them falling behind in their learning (Adedoyin and Soykan, 2020). Therefore, it is important to ensure that children are given feedback which identifies their strengths and highlights their next steps in a supportive way to promote a growth mindset. It is important now, more than ever, that children understand that their early progress does not determine their final progress in a certain topic, there is always room to grow (Dweck, 2006). As a group, we aimed to investigate the effectiveness of giving feedback on an online platform but more specifically, via Microsoft Forms.
This enquiry focussed on two key aims. The first was to analyse if Microsoft Forms provided useful information in order to form next steps for pupils. The second aim was to investigate if Microsoft Forms increased pupil engagement with their feedback.