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Giving feedback on student writing

Providing Feedback on Student Writing

On March 27, 2017, Jo Axe, director of the School of Education and Technology, and Theresa Bell, writing centre manager, presented an hour-long lunch and learn session on giving feedback. If you would like to view the archived video, please visit Providing Feedback on Student Writing, and see below and Frequently Accessed Resources for the resources mentioned during the session. To download a PDF version of the PowerPoint slides, please visit Providing Feedback on Student Writing (PDF).

Help Guide to Giving Feedback on Student Writing

The Help Guide to Giving Feedback on Student Writing is a tool for instructors who would like information and examples to assist them with giving feedback on student writing. The items are presented in alphabetical order within the categories, and the document should be used as a reference guide for instructors versus as an instructional tool. If students need information on any of the issues addressed within the document, please direct them to the Writing Centre website or invite them to contact the Writing Centre. This guide is not intended to be a comprehensive overview of all elements of writing that could be addressed in feedback; rather, it presents information on common mistakes made by students. Please note that the information provided may not reflect professor- or program-specific expectations, so instructors should check with their respective program offices to determine if there are program-specific requirements for student writing. The sample comments provided are suggestions of a starting point for feedback and aren’t intended to be exclusionary of an instructor’s approach and development of the comments with more information.

Please feel welcome to contact the Writing Centre for any questions on the contents of this guide.

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If you would like to search for other resources/information, please click on the "Ask us" tab on the right side of the screen and type a keyword. If you would like to request other resources, please contact the Writing Centre.