- posting a series of yes/no answers without posting the questions answered is utterly confusing
- a context is needed when posting to someone in another class
- feedback must be specific and not simply state "fix the grammar" or "you are missing key ideas"
- it is more helpful when what a student has done right is also included
As a class we agreed that they should let their ENG 101 peers about these good practices by posting on their blogs and asking them if they can take a second look at their summaries and give feedback following these suggestions. I then projected on the screen feedback they themselves had given, on this exact same activity, to students in ENG 99 classes taught by Drs. Gallardo and Smith--I had chosen feedback which demonstrated all the same problems, and had simply copied/pasted them in a word document without the names (of course the blogs are public, so it is hardly a secret, but it spares them the public spectacle aspect of the embarrassment). I then asked them if several of them thought they needed to go back and redo their feedback given--which they in fact did without my even telling them they must do for a grade etc. Some (who had actually given good feedback the first time) kept asking me if they need to redo them, but I told them applying their judgment was part of the exercise and an important skill that will help them not only in passing the CATW but in college in general.