Feedback Results In Effective Learning

This pilot study investigated the use of detailed feedback as a learning tool for students.  Two groups of students took online tests after participating in patient – case exercises.  One group received only the result s of the test and the correct answers.  The other group additionally received detailed feedback explaining why the correct answer was right and why the incorrect answers were wrong.  The performance on the course final exam of each group of students was compared.  The group of students who, throughout the course, received detailed feedback scored significantly higher on the final exam than the group who only received the correct answers.  This finding suggests that detailed feedback can be beneficial to increased learning. – Lee Ann Schein, Ph.D.

Wojcikowski K, Kirk L. Immediate detailed feedback to test-enhanced learning: An effective online educational tool. Med Teach. 2013 Nov. 35(11): 915-91.

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