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Immediate Feedback for Better Outcomes

by Laura Devaney

eCampus News

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Students speak up about learning analytics

Eighty-seven percent of surveyed college students said having access to learning analytics on their academic performance can positively impact their learning experience, according to “The Impact of Technology on College Student Study Habits,” the third report in an annual series conducted by McGraw-Hill Education and fielded by Hanover Research.

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Instant Feedback to Boost Learning

Teachers often struggle with determining whether students are learning; this study suggests that students do too–and learning analytics may help both groups, according to a McGraw-Hill Education report, “The Impact of Technology on College Student Study Habits.” Almost two-thirds of the respondents indicated that the ability to get instant feedback (adaptive learning technology) to gauge their understanding of class concepts was very, or extremely, positive. And, while satisfied with the use of technology in their colleges, 86 percent felt there were opportunities to use technology even more effectively. How could adaptive learning technology be incorporated in your classrooms?

Students today are used to instant feedback from the social media sites and apps they so frequently engage with. Offering the same instant feedback in the classroom, and in response to out-of-class assignments, can boost learning. This study suggests opportunity to improve both engagement and learning outcomes by providing students with instant feedback on their grasp of key concepts.