Lindsey Harding
Higher Education, Composition and Rhetoric, Language, Grammar and Vocabulary
Material Type:
Graduate / Professional
  • Feedback
  • Responding to Text
  • Strategies
  • Teaching Writing
  • Writing Across the Curriculum
    Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial Share Alike
    Media Formats:
    Downloadable docs, Text/HTML

    Training Module on Responding to Student Writing

    Training Module on Responding to Student Writing


    This module is designed to support instructor training on best practices for responding to college student writing across the disciplines. The module shares resources on feedback practices, as well as activities to help instructors practice using these practices to build a toolkit of strategies for effective response. 

    Strategies discussed include: 

    • Limit feedback so as not to overwhelm students. 
    • Don't underestimate the value of praise to motivate and support student writing. 
    • Make sure feedback is appropriate for the assignment type and stage. 

    As well, this module includes the following materials:

    • Two sets of slides presenting effective feedback strategies.
    • Self-assessment on responding to student writing.
    • Feedback practice activity.
    • Feedback peer review.
    • Evaluating and revising comments activity. 


    Feedback Self-Assessment

    Have participants complete self-assessment.

    Complete Self-Assessment. This will give you a chance to access your prior knowledge about responding to student writing and reflect on how you feel about giving feedback to students. 

    View Feedback Strategies Presentation I

    Walk students through Feedback Strategies I slides to introduce them to foundational practices for responding to student writing efficiently and effectively. 

    View Feedback Strategies I slides. By the end, you should be familiar with foundational practices for responding to student writing efficienctly and effectively. The good news about responding well to students is that less really can be more! 

    View Feedback Strategies Presentation II

    Walk students through Feedback Strategies II slides to further develop their vocabulary around feedback and build their toolkit of response strategies. 

    View Feedback Strategies II slides. By the end, you should have a more robust vocabulary for talking about feedback and a more robust toolkit to use when responding to student writing. Here, you'll have the opportunity to think about how you might use feedback to guide students on future assignments and how you might encourage students to interact with your feedback. 

    Practice Giving Feedback on Student Writing

    Have students practice giving feedback on student abstracts from a variety of disciplines. 

    Practice using your feedback strategies to respond to a series of student abstracts from a variety of disciplines. 

    Peer Review Feedback

    Have participants swap their feedback practice handouts and peer review each other's comments. 

    Time to go meta! Swap your feedback practice handouts with a peer. Use the peer review form to give feedback on your peer's feedback. 

    Evaluate and Revise Comments

    Have students evaluate and discuss the feedback statements on the handout—and revise to make them more effective as needed. 

    valuate and discuss the following feedback statements. What are they asking students to do? What strategy is at work? Revise to make the comment more effective or explain why it is already effective.