Researchers say feedback should be timely in order to maximize effectiveness1. Animal trainers understand this – clickers and treats are shared as close as possible to desired behavior. Software developers get it too; agile developers build, test & deploy in quick iterative cycles to figure out what works and what doesn’t.
As a student blogging my own learning experiences, I was reminded of the importance of feedback as validation this week through the very kind words of others around the interwebs. What’s triggering my Pavlovian response this week?
- eSchoolNews.com published an article entitled, “Flipped learning: A response to five common criticisms,” in which authors November & Mull reference one of my flipped instruction tutorials in the same on the same page as the incredible work of Dr. Eric Mazur and the ground-breaking process of Ramsey Musallam.
- EducationWorld.com names techwithintent.com one of the “Top 25 Blogs for Educators in 2012.”
- Alltop decided to add www.techwithintent.com to their list of the “the best sites and blogs that cover education.”
- GoSpaceRace.com posted an interview with me in an article called “Nobody cares about the crap in the bags” that discusses edtech vendors, software developers and educators. Site editor Aerin gives a nod to #sessionbombing and even says that “Jac…is a smart cookie.”
- The slidedeck from a SxSWedu co-presentation on Educating Digitally Ethical Teens has reached 2,500 views in one month.
As a student, this external validation compliments internal motivation to continue learning. It also provides incentive to redesign my blog, since people might actually visit.
As a teacher, the past week’s article references suggest that I reflect on my own role as an assessor and agent of feedback. I’m sometimes slow to offer feedback, especially with multi-media projects. I pose questions and offer suggestions through-out the build process but don’t assess final products in a reasonable amount of time. I can start today by recognizing each student contribution face-to-face.
If I impose any kind of deadline on a project, then the least I can do is give myself a deadline to return comments. Students learn through all senses – If I hope to influence student behavior, I must start by modeling positive habits.