What is Summative Feedback?
Summative feedback is often provided to students once they’ve finished a class topic, unit, project, or semester. It evaluates how much they’ve learned and typically comes with a grade. You’ll tie it to specific learning objectives and their performance will also indicate how well your course design turned out.
Tips for Giving Effective Summative Feedback
Here are some key tips for providing your students with the summative type of feedback to help set them up for success:
- Be authentic. Be sure your feedback reflects a variety of practical skills that students need both in and outside of the classroom, whenever possible.
- Make it reliable. The structure and type of information you provide in your feedback should be similar and consistent across all classes and students.
- Check that it’s valid. Feedback needs to accurately reflect what you’ve been teaching during the assessment period.
- Accommodate variety. Students should have the opportunity to showcase their knowledge and skills in more ways than one (i.e. some students are more visual learners while some prefer the written word).
- Utilize effective evaluation tools. For example, rubrics can help to clearly communicate what you expect and to assess a wide range of knowledge and skills.
Examples of Summative Feedback
You can give summative assessment or feedback to your students in various ways. Some examples include unit, mid-term, final, or standardized tests and exams, final projects or portfolios, and research reports.
Summative vs Formative Feedback
Summative assessment evaluates your students’ learning after they complete a topic, unit, semester, or another class milestone. This type of feedback evaluates how much a student has learned and compares this to a standard or benchmark, such as a grade. You can use feedback that’s summative to assess how effective a course was and improve it for future classes. On the other hand, formative feedback assesses a student’s progress throughout a project, assignment, or course. Formative feedback examples include interactive class activities, pop-quizzes, surveys, and homework.
Features and Benefits of FeedbackPanda
Reusable Feedback Templates
It’s so easy to create and manage your personal library of feedback templates, customizable for all of your classes. Simply write your feedback texts once, then it’s simple to repurpose them for different students and classes and add notes on their class performance. Student information like names and gender pronouns even gets auto-filled in the templates to save you time.
Student and Class Profiles
You can conveniently save profiles of each student’s preferences, learning style, and photo within FeedbackPanda. This is great since it helps connect you with your students and provide a more personalized learning experience. What’s more, you’ll be extra prepared for each class with course notes that you’ve saved. You can easily search all profiles and notes from FeedbackPanda’s dashboard or access them right from your classroom via the browser extension.
With the FeedbackPanda Cloud, you can find and use templates that your colleagues have shared and quickly save them to your own library to use for your students and classes. From there, it’s easy to update the feedback templates, with everything in one place.
FeedbackPanda’s calendar feature requires zero effort to keep up with your students and celebrate their milestones. You’ll never miss another student birthday, holiday or important event again since each week you’ll get reminded of everything via dashboard notifications.