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Designing Effective Feedback Processes in Higher Education

A Learning-Focused Approach, 1st Edition

By Naomi Winstone, David Carless


208 pages | 9 B/W Illus.

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Feedback is one of the most powerful influences on student achievement, yet it is difficult to implement productively within the constraints of a mass higher education system. Designing Effective Feedback Processes in Higher Education: A Learning-Focused Approach addresses the challenges of developing effective feedback processes in higher education, combining theory and practice to equip and empower educators. It places less emphasis on what teachers do in terms of providing commentary, and more emphasis on how students generate, make sense of, and use feedback for ongoing improvement.

Including discussions on promoting student engagement with feedback, technology-enabled feedback, and effective peer feedback, this book:

  • Contributes to the theory and practice of feedback in higher education by showcasing new paradigm feedback thinking focused on dialogue and student uptake
  • Synthesises the evidence for effective feedback practice
  • Provides contextualised examples of successful innovative feedback designs analysed in relation to relevant literature
  • Highlights the importance of staff and student feedback literacy in developing productive feedback partnerships
  • Supports higher education teachers in further developing their feedback practice.


Designing Effective Feedback Processes in Higher Education: A Learning-Focused Approach contributes to the theory and practice of higher education pedagogy by re-evaluating how feedback processes are designed and managed. It is a must-read for educators, researchers, and academic developers in higher education who will benefit from a guide to feedback research and practice that addresses well recognised challenges in relation to assessment and feedback.

Table of Contents

Foreword; Acknowledgements; Series Editor Introduction; Introduction; Chapter 1: The feedback challenge; Chapter 2: Developing student feedback literacy; Chapter 3: Facilitating student engagement with feedback processes; Chapter 4: Technology-enabled feedback processes; Chapter 5: Assessment design for student uptake of feedback; Chapter 6: Enabling dialogue in feedback processes; Chapter 7: Interweaving internal and external feedback; Chapter 8: Implementing peer feedback; Chapter 9: The relational dimension of feedback; Chapter 10: Moving feedback forwards; References

About the Authors

Naomi Winstone is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Higher Education at the University of Surrey, UK. Naomi is a cognitive psychologist specialising in learning behaviour and engagement with education. Naomi’s research focuses on the processing and implementation of feedback.

David Carless works in the Faculty of Education, University of Hong Kong. His signature publication is the book Excellence in University Assessment: Learning from Award-winning Practice (2015) published by Routledge.

About the Series

Research into Higher Education

Co-published with the Society for Research into Higher Education

This exciting new series aims to publish cutting edge research and discourse that reflects the rapidly changing world of higher education, examined in a global context. Encompassing topics of wide international relevance, the series includes every aspect of the international higher education research agenda, from strategic policy formulation and impact to pragmatic advice on best practice in the field.

For more information, or to express an interest in writing for the series, please contact Sarah Tuckwell,

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