Spring 2017 Blended Course for Faculty Development

 The Office of Digital Learning offers a Blended Course for Faculty - Spring 2017

Course Title

Effective Feedback Strategies for Engaging Discussions

Course Duration

Six weeks

From Monday, March 20, 2017
To Monday, April 24, 2017
Mondays, 3pm to 4:30pm for the face-to-face and webinar sessions

Course Type

Blended course – combination of face-to-face, independent study, and online (synchronous & asynchronous) sessions 

Who can attend?

Full-time and adjunct faculty at SHU
Maximum number of faculty seats = 15 

Last date for faculty to sign-up for this course –  March 7, 2017 

Course Description

The six-week course will focus on designing "Effective Feedback Strategies for Engaging Discussions", by integrating the Blackboard LMS and other digital tools. These teaching practices may apply to online and/or blended and/or face-to-face. 

Feedback can motivate, focus and help students to improve their performance in the classroom, and is essential to the learning process. This course will address important pedagogical questions such as:

  • What is Effective Feedback?
  • How can feedback be constructive, ongoing, and consistent?
  • How to be efficient in giving timely feedback?
  • How can we sustain discussion beyond the initial cycle of the initiation-response-feedback loop?

Often as faculty we struggle with how to create and sustain engagement in face-to-face and online discussions. The purpose of this course is to examine models for creating tasks and an environment which will foster active, engaged discussions.

This course is designed to discuss your pedagogical objectives and provide concrete strategies integrating digital tools to refine your teaching practices.   

Course Objectives

  • Enhance feedback mechanisms for face-to-face, blended, and online contexts
  • Explore multimodal ways to provide feedback
  • Apply feedback strategies using new technologies
  • Learn to integrate your rubric within the Blackboard system 


Jaya Kannan (Director, Digital Learning)
Colette Rossignol (Educational Technologist, Digital Learning)
Nicole Trudell (Blackboard Manager at SHU)

Course Schedule

# Session dates Session Type Topic


March 20, 2017

3pm to 4:30pm

Room E259, Martire

  • The essentials of feedback
  • Self-assess and identify your goals for enhancing feedback
  • Explore multimodal ways to provide feedback [text, audio, and video]


March 27, 2017

3pm to 4:30pm 

Webinar – Synchronous
Online Session

  • Types of feedback and your teaching purpose
  • Training students to use the feedback [mock practice]
  • Strategies to improve efficiency - summarize, synthesize, know when to individualize


April 3, 2017

3pm to 4:30pm


  • Draft 1 of  task-design to enhance your feedback using an emerging technology
  • Plan/Apply selected strategy in your classroom
  • Post reflection in the discussion forum


April 10, 2017

3pm to 4:30pm

Room E259, Martire

  • Strengthening feedback loops with BlackBoard focus
  • How to integrate your rubric within the BlackBoard LMS
  • Effectively use the rubric to provide feedback to students


April 17, 2017

3pm to 4:30 pm


  • Draft 2 to refine your feedback strategy in the classroom using the selected digital tool
  • Apply the selected strategy in your classroom
  • Post reflection in the discussion forum


April 24, 2017

3pm to 4:30 pm

Room E259, Martire

  • Present and self-assess your feedback strategy
  • Discuss your learning, share the teaching practice with your peers
  • Wrap-up

Recommended Reading

Narciss, S. (2013). Designing and evaluating tutoring feedback strategies for digital learning. Digital Education Review, (23), 7-26. http://files.eric.ed.gov/fulltext/EJ1013726.pdf

Pacansky-Brock, M. (2012). Best practices for teaching with emerging technologies. Routledge. http://www.amazon.com/dp/0415899397/ref=cm_sw_su_dp

Wiggins, G. (2016). Seven keys to effective feedback. On Formative Assessment: Readings from Educational Leadership (EL Essentials), 24. http://www.ascd.org/publications/books/116065/chapters/Seven-Keys-to-Effective-Feedback.aspx


Attendance and participation in ALL the six sessions is required to complete the course.

Realistic Expectations

Work time: about two to three hours of work per week, for six weeks

Given that this course involves only six sessions, we want to be realistic in our expectations. You will arrive at an emerging framework for feedback strategies and design concrete activities. For further development, it is highly recommended that you follow through with the Office of Digital Learning and IT to continue to design, implement, and refine your strategies.

Will I get a certificate after completing this class?

Faculty who successfully complete the course will receive a certificate of course completion signed by the Provost.

What resources will I need for this class?

A working computer, internet connection, and eagerness to participate.

Contact Information

If you have any questions, please email Barbara Gerwien, Coordinator, Digital Learning at gerwienb@sacredheart.edu