The Power of Feedback: Responding Effectively to Student Work

  • Bloque temático: Docencia en otras lenguas y habilidades de comunicación
  • Asignatura TEMDU: Evaluación del aprendizaje
  • 0,5 ECTS
  • 6 horas presenciales
  • 7 horas no presenciales

Sobre este curso

The main aim of this course is to help participants reflect on the value of feedback in their courses, understand the principles of effective feedback and formative assessment, and become acquainted with a number of ways of responding to students' work. Although the course is taught in English, its contents are applicable both to English as Medium of Instruction and to regular courses taught in Spanish. 

Objetivos del curso

  • To understand the different aspects and implications of the concept, feedback, and the role it can potentially play in tertiary education classes.
  • To become acquainted with a variety of feedback strategies, depending on both its content and the form in which it is given, and the agents involved. 
  • To develop an effective “language of feedback” that will support learners’ improvement, both in live classes (on or offline) and as a response to homework.
  • To reflect on ways of obtaining student feedback on one’s own performance, and integrate it into subsequent course and lesson planning.

Contenidos del curso

1.- Introduction: defining feedback

Task: explaining cases of sub-optimal feedback

2.- Lessons of research on feedback and teaching implications

3.- Developing a framework for effective feedback

Task: maximizing the feedback in one of your classes

4.- Enhancing our feedback toolkitstrategies and aids

  • Whole-class feedback
  • Individual/group feedback
  • On the spot feedback
  • Feedback in EMi

Task: peer responses.

3.- The language of feedback

4.- Interacting online – special focus on large classes

5.- Obtaining (and incorporatingstudent feedback on teacher practice


07/03/2024 de 09:00 a 12:00 en Aula de Formación Docente-Entrada por el lateral derecho del edificio, Centro de Estudios de Posgrado

14/03/2024 de 09:00 a 12:00 en Aula de Formación Docente-Entrada por el lateral derecho del edificio, Centro de Estudios de Posgrado

Competencias que adquirirás

By the end of the course, participants should be able to:

  • Understand the rationale of providing abundant, effective feedback, especially in the context of classes taught in a foreign language.
  • Apply a variety of feedback techniques, depending on the tasks performed by students, and with a focus on blended/e-learning scenarios.
  • Use feedback language effectively, both orally and in writing.


Alfonso López Hernández

Universidad Pontificia de Comillas

Metodología Docente

This course is taught as a seminar in which participants are expected to take an active role in brainstorms, discussions and simulations. Participants will also be asked to relate all the concepts and techniques to their own teaching practice in a variety of ways.


  • Attendance and in-class tasks. Students will annotate a worksheet during the two sessions. 
  • As a round up task, students will integrate the notes taken during the two sessions in a specific proposal aimed at improving the feedback framework and tools in one of the courses they teach. 

Más información

​​Carless, D. (2015). Exploring learner-centered assessment processes.  Higher Education, 69(6), 963-976. 

Carless, D. & Boud, D. (2018). The development of student feedback literacyEnabling uptake of feedback.  Assessment and Evaluation in Higher Education, 43(8), 1315-1325.​​

Hattie, J., and H. Timperley (2007). The power of feedback. Review of Educational Research 77(1), 81–112.

López-Hernández, A. (2021) Providing effective feedback: Lessons from research. In the author’s personal blog, available at

López-Hernández, A., Buckingham, L. R., & Strotmann, B. (2023). Enhancing learning-oriented assessment through co-teaching in higher education. Studies in Educational Evaluation, 79, 101307.​​

Pearson (2016). Providing educational feedback. Higher Education Services.

Race, P. (2016). Fourteen Ideas for making Assessment and Formative Feedback more Effective and Manageable. Presentation given at the University of Huddersfield, 1st December, 2016.

The course will be taught in English. A minimum level of B2 CEFR is recommended.

La asistencia presencial de al menos un 80% del curso es un requisito imprescindible para la obtención del certificado del curso, independientemente del motivo que lo provoque, ya sea justificado o injustificado. El control de presencia será realizado por parte del equipo docente del curso.

La anulación anticipada de la participación en un curso no supone nunca una penalización para poder ser seleccionado en otro.

  • Teacher presentation and clarification of concepts.
  • In-class tasks:
    • Brainstorms
    • Simulations

  • Pre-seminar questionnaire. Short homework task between session 1 and session 2. 
  • Proposal of a useful and realistic feedback sequence.