Jenny Smith


St Andrew's High

  • Digital Learning: Formative Assessment

What Happens When Timely Feedback is Provided in an S3 Digital Classroom?


Feedback is one of the most powerful influences on learning and achievement but this impact can be either positive or negative (Hattie and Timperley, 2007).

Normally in the classroom the teacher constantly gleans feedback from pupils using formative assessment techniques including questioning, show me boards, fist of five and exit passes. During the period of online learning the feedback given to the teacher from the student for the teacher to assess the pupils progress is more limited and, in this case the main vehicle of this type of feedback is images of classwork uploaded to Satchel One. In order to ensure pupils continue to progress, quality feedback needs to provided. This feedback is intended to close the gap between their current and desired understanding (Nicol and MacFarlane-Dick, 2006). This should be given in a timeframe that allows the pupils to digest the comments before carrying out the next task allowing them the opportunity to meet the criteria for improvement given by the teacher.


The aim of the enquiry was to discover if providing timely feedback during online learning influences pupil progress.

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