Quick Reflection – Turn Feedback Into Feedforward

Quick Reflection – Turn Feedback Into Feedforward

November 2, 2018 1 By JR

Not my 9x9x25 post this week, but I just read Turn Feedback Into Feedforward by Mel, and was about to comment when I thought, ‘hey, I can just blog a quick reflection and hopefully it’ll ping back’. Honestly, I’ve been frustrated with blog commenting systems for a while now. Some require login, some eat my comments, so here…I’m reclaiming commenting.


First, you should read it. There are some great ideas in there. One that I almost over looked in her post, but that I’ve helped instructors implement is the Start Stop Continue, and recently an adapted version of The Muddiest Point. The former is more about teaching and learning practice and the latter was implemented as a teaching tool itself.

Most often the Start Stop Continue I’ve found to be effective when moderate to major changes are made to a course or to a teaching style. In face-to-face classes this might just be written on index cards. In blended and online classes a survey tool might be used. We usually use the questions along the lines of:

  1. What is currently happening in class that is helping your learning experience and should continue?
  2. What is currently happening in class that is distracting from your learning experience and should be changed?
  3. What is currently not happening at all that you think would help to improve your learning experience in this class?

The muddiest point I’ve seen take a few different forms, usually in face-to-face settings. This year, one of the online instructors I work with took it to the next level. At key points throughout her courses she asks students to submit questions about concepts they might be confused about in the course. She then synthesizes the questions and creates short videos that address several questions (and the questions are posted ahead of the video so you don’t have to watch to know what’s going to be answered). The videos are rolled over each year so future students can also review the answers to questions they might have had. It’s a pretty neat idea I think.


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