According to the highly debated and recently published Elsevier report, HvA was rated rather low on a number of issues. One of those was on the apparent lack of feedback from teachers to students. I would like to comment on that, and would LOVE to hear from the students themselves what they think about this - please, please, please comment on this blog and let me know...!
Well, here goes - Last year I was teaching at the HES and correcting endless numbers of portfolios - yes, true this was in the Dutch stream, so perhaps I'm barking up the wrong tree here, but in any case, my many students had to hand in a portfolio composed of many different writing assignments. And I spent hours going over each one, making comments in the sidelines - telling the students what they could improve and why this or that assignment was graded as it was. And do you know what happened? Almost no one showed up to collect their portfolios! I worked like crazy, provided very specific detailed feedback - and once the students received their grades, they had 'heard enough' - and didn't want any feedback at all.
So, my feeling is that the only 'feedback' that students want - on the whole - is to know why they failed, often putting us teachers into a defensive and uncomfortable position...
That's my feedback - Any comments?