Invited Talk

Opening up digital support to optimise feedback for student motivation and engagement

Education Seminar Series | University of Liverpool | 3rd May 2017

Opening Up Digital Support to optimise feedback for Student motivation and engagement

Assessment feedback has been an evolving construct used in education to enrich, inform, and complement the mainstream teaching process. Using feedback for motivation however, has been underutilised and undervalued throughout this process and further highlighted with the introduction of electronic teaching and assessments.


This workshop will provide insight into the various methodologies, opportunities and best practice for feedback for motivation in the e-Assessment setting. It aims to assist educators and practitioners to identify the benefits of feedback for motivation through the OpenMentor model and will explore the methods in which to support educator feedback to students via digitally assisted technologies for formative e-Assessments.


The presentation will also discuss the use of a natural language analytics engine to provide feedback to students when preparing an essay for summative assessment.   The system was used by students at The Open University and a significant positive correlation was found between the number of drafts submitted to the system and the grades awarded for the first assignment.  This cohort of students also gained significantly higher overall grades than the students in the previous cohort, who had no access to OpenEssayist. As a system that is content free, OpenEssayist can be used to support students working in any domain that requires the writing of essays.