What is the Power of Real-Time Feedback?

The benefits of feedback in today’s age can provide educators and students clear guidance on performance, self-awareness, and can often lead to enthusiasm while learning. However, the delivery of content takes place very different today than it did ten years ago.

A way to better engage with students and gain live feedback is through polls. Through polling, you are inviting your students to directly interact with content and participate with you while you also gain live results on your pedagogical style.

Why should we ask for feedback?

1. Gain an in-depth understanding of content retention:

“Anyone have a question?” Does this question sound familiar? Does it bring back memories of students silently staring back at you with blank expressions?  Do they truly understand the material? If you wonder whether or not students understand the lecture or specific content, then poll them. You will get raw feedback on how well your students are retaining the material and what topics you need to go over again.

 

2. Attach a concept and an image:

There is a real value when adding images to content; we are visual creatures. When testing your students, push towards polling them with images (if possible). An image allows a user to better retain and understand concepts.

3. Collect great insight and tips:

Gain tips and insights on lectures that worked better than others with your student.  Get real feedback through anonymous polls. Give closet-learners the opportunity to have a voice in your classroom. Anonymous polls can also help you understand which materials worked best while saving you time when preparing for your next lesson!

 

4. Improve motivation: 

Give students the extra push they need during or after the lecture. Giving them real-time feedback on content can allow them to gain confidence in their knowledge of the material and to better perform in your course. When you understand your students’ shortcomings and strengths, the results can be rewarding. As a result, you have students who are proactively analyzing, reviewing, and retaining content for exams and beyond.

 

Check out how polls and technology are helping educators today!

Ana Gonzalez

Ana Gonzalez was born and raised in Panamá. She is a student, turned educator. She loves learning new languages and writing about how education can be innovative and dynamic when implementing the right teaching methods.

She is a millennial and likes to talk about issues related to the generational gap and how we can solve them.

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