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Iterated assessment and feedback improves student outcomes

Morrell, Lesley J.



Feedback is critically important to student learning, but the reduced frequency of assignments combined with isolated or stand-alone tasks reduces the opportunity for students to engage with feedback and use it effectively to enhance their learning. Here, I evaluate student attainment during a module consisting of eight iterated tasks where the task itself is the same but the academic content differs. At the end of the module, students then self-assess their eight submissions and select two for summative assessment. I demonstrate that achievement increases over the course of the module, and that choice is valuable in allowing students to achieve higher summative marks for the course than their formative marks would suggest. Students who performed more weakly at the start of the module saw the greatest benefits from practice and choice, suggesting that these students particularly can benefit from repeated cycles of feedback and increase their marks.


Morrell, L. J. (2021). Iterated assessment and feedback improves student outcomes. Studies in higher education, 46(3), 485-496.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jul 7, 2019
Online Publication Date Jul 23, 2019
Publication Date Jan 1, 2021
Deposit Date Aug 8, 2019
Publicly Available Date Jan 24, 2021
Journal Studies in Higher Education
Print ISSN 0307-5079
Electronic ISSN 1470-174X
Publisher Routledge
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 46
Issue 3
Pages 485-496
Keywords Assessment; Sustainable feedback; Self-assessment; Iterated assessment; Iterative assessment
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Additional Information This is a pre-copyedited, author-produced PDF of an article accepted for publication in Studies in Higher Education following peer review.


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