by Anna Rolinska
So with the final list of IUG students
being announced yesterday and
the beginning of the Block C subject-specific course approaching fast, it’s time for the IUG students to start working on the initial project tasks. There are a couple of formalities like signing the consent form
and sending a brief introductory note
as well as two important activities: constructive feedback task sequence
and devising scenarios
This blog post deals with the constructive feedback task while tomorrow’s will introduce the ‘scenario’ task.
A few words about feedback
The EAST collaboration project relies on exchanging ideas and a big part of it is giving peer feedback. But feedback comes in many forms and not every form is useful. Saying ‘this is a nice idea’ is rather vague while saying ‘this is a stupid idea’ is not only vague but also hurtful as it may undermine the other person’s confidence. We give feedback all the time, in everyday situations, at work and of course in academia. It is particularly important that academic feedback is constructive so that it leads to learning. Providing constructive feedback requires diplomacy, tact as well as critical and analytical thinking and this what this sequence is about. It will equip the IUG participants with necessary skills to participate meaningfully in the project as well as later in their studies and work.
About the Constructive Feedback Task
The Constructive Feedback task sequence consists of 5 tasks spread over 10 days. It consists of individual and collaborative tasks, which means you will have to form groups. In terms of technology we’re going to use Padlet for sharing ideas and Google Docs for recording progress of each group on the task. There is no need for you to open a Gmail account as all the docs have been made accessible to non-Gmail users. The video below explains what the task entails in a bit more detail.
So, your first task is to share your experience in receiving and giving feedback and to sign up for a group. You need to do it by the end of 29 July. Information about the next steps will be provided on 30 July. If you have any questions, please ask them on the blog or on Facebook.
Task 1 Feedback is like … Reflecting on and sharing personal experience
Imagine you need to finish the sentence from the title: Feedback is like …. What picture would you use to represent what feedback means to you?
Next consider the following: As part of your studies and/or professional experience you must have received feedback from your tutors, classmates or colleagues. Maybe you also gave feedback to your colleagues or teachers. This could be feedback on performance or a piece of work.What was the experience like? What made the experience useful and what made the experience counter-productive?
Please share your pictures and thoughts on this online wall (Padlet) by 29 July. Keep checking the wall to see what your colleagues things – are their experiences similar to or different from yours?
Task 2 Choose your group – Signing-up sheet
At the same time, please write down your name on the sign-up sheet which will allow us to divide you into groups. We shall have 9 groups, each with three members. Link to the sign-up sheet: https://goo.gl/1M5LiH