Probationers: Option
Highly recommended for: All staff who supervise PGR students
Of interest to: All staff who provide feedback on student academic writing

This session is held over two days, on 19 and 26 February at 10:00-12:00 and you need to be able to attend both sessions.

A lack of timely and constructive feedback can be a great source of anxiety for students and block their swifter development as a productive critical thinker and researcher.

This research- and practice-informed course will explore with you better ways for giving feedback on writing. Starting from where you are, it returns to the basics of giving feedback. What are we trying to achieve when we give students feedback on writing? When is the best time to do so? And how? How does our own writing practice affect what we pay attention to? To what extent should feedback be a two-way process? Can we make the process of giving and receiving feedback more enjoyable?

There are principles of good feedback practice, but ultimately the way you work with your doctoral students will be unique to you. This course aims to move you on, to consider how you can enter into dialogue with your students about the process of writing so that you can make best use of your time while supporting them most effectively.

The course will include opportunities for you to reflect on your own writing and feedback practice, and decide, with awareness of recommended practices, which approaches are likely to work best for you and your students.

After the sessions, you should be better able to:

  • ask key questions of individual students to find out about how they approach writing, and how you might best support them in developing their writing
  • draw upon existing frameworks for discussing the characteristics of writing – from structure and argument, to writing style
  • work out strategies for discussing, reviewing and giving feedback on writing, which are empowering for your students while making the best use of your time
Giving feedback on academic writing

Date(s) - 19/02/2021 - 26/02/2021
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Not applicable – WEBINAR

Event Speaker/Organiser: Amy Birch/Trevor Day
Course Code: APDaS214-2020-21
Topic: Feedback on academic writing
Curriculum Transformation: N/A
Bath Blend: N/A
Digital Capability: All
Target Audience: Staff who Teach and Research

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