A few months ago, I had written what I thought was an excellent blog post (see “Living in the Shadow”). From the first round of feedback (my peers) it seemed that it was perfect to use in my reflective statement, but when a second round of feedback from my seminar leader was provided, it ended with a sentence pretty much anyone hates to hear.
“Maybe you should consider how relevant this is to the course and perhaps rewrite it”.
Cue tears and melancholic music.
Like it or not, students, feedback and outside review is incredibly important for your work. Outside perspectives are important for identifying mistakes and oversights that you yourself may be oblivious to, simply because you wrote the blog/created the content.
As well as helping to identify areas for improvement, accepting feedback not only enables better communication between both parties but also acts as a tool for continued learning. Continued feedback is important in order to remain aligned to goals. Continued learning is the key to improving. Necessary if I am to achieve a high grade at the end of my international business course degree.
When receiving feedback, there were times where I thought my seminar leader was correcting every single error. Of course that was not the case. Feedback is necessary for personal development and fortunately as Oxford Brookes, there are many sources to choose from.
CIRT: Centre for Innovation in Research and Teaching (2018) Effective Feedback in the Classroom. Available at: https://cirt.gcu.edu/teaching3/tips/effectivefeed (Accessed 25th April 2018)