An analysis of the effectiveness of feedback to students on assessed work

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This paper presents the views of students, from a range of schools and disciplines, on the effectiveness of current assessment feedback practices at Flinders University. We also report on a workshop on feedback with teachers. Overall, individual written comments were found to be the most useful form of feedback. However, there was significant variation with the level of satisfaction with feedback and the relative usefulness of different forms of feedback across the different schools and disciplines. This research suggests both the need to improve the effectiveness of such feedback and to tailor the forms of feedback offered to students according to the distinctive teaching and learning environments in different schools and disciplines. To that end, innovation and further research on feedback are justified, and some suggestions are offered.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)794-806
Number of pages13
JournalHigher Education Research and Development (HERDSA)
Issue number4
Early online date2013
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2014


  • assessment
  • feedback
  • higher education
  • learning outcomes


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