Using forms (proformas) for feedback
Using pro formas (forms) to give feedback can be useful in certain situations. A guide to how to use them, including examples you can download.
1 August 2019
A feedback proforma is a form that assessors complete about students’ work and return to them as their feedback.
Potential advantages of feedback proformas
Feedback proformas can help in the following situations:
- When feedback is given by different assessors for the same assessment (to ensure consistent quality).
- For early career assessors who aren’t sure what makes for effective feedback (the form can direct their comments).
What to include with a proforma
Completed examples of feedback forms and harmonisation meetings on feedback to improve consistency.
A feedback request form to allow students to self-assess their work and direct the feedback. These were trialled by Bloxham and Campbell (2010) with good results.
- Generating dialogue in assessment feedback: Exploring the use of interactive cover sheets for more information.
Feedback form: what to include
- Specific feedback on how the student could improve their work in future.
- Specific feedback on what they have done well.
- Performance against assessment criteria.
- An explanation of the mark.
- How they can clarify the feedback or gain more.
Student feedback request form: what to include
This is a chance for students to:
- Identify feedback they would like on their work – they are more likely to use such feedback.
- Reflect on their work and identify for themselves how it could be improved – students need to learn how to self-assess their own work in order to improve.
- Reflect on previous feedback and how they have used it in this piece of work – this helps staff and students to better understand what makes for useful feedback and how it can be used.
Example feedback form
Download the example feedback form (word document)
- Module title
- Date of feedback
Please note that all grades are provisional until confirmed by the Board of Examiners.
- The best features of this work are:
- This work indicates that you may not fully understand the following:
- You can further develop your understanding by:
- Steps you can take to improve future work are to:
You can gain further feedback/clarify anything you do not understand in this feedback via (e.g. office hours, model solutions, general feedback sheets):
Example student feedback request form
Download the example student feedback request form (word document).
Responsibility for the provision of useful feedback is shared between you and your assessors. Please help to make the feedback you receive as useful as possible by completing the following form and attaching it to your submission:
- Module title:
- I would particularly like feedback on the following (e.g. how I have laid out the problems etc.):
- I am aware that I have made the following mistakes and would/would not like feedback on remedying them (please delete appropriate):
Note: Students should make every effort to seek help when they are aware of mistakes in their work prior to submission. However, we are aware that this is not always possible.
- I have previously received the following feedback:
- I have used it in this piece of work as follows:
- Example feedback form (word document).
- Example student feedback request form (word document).
- Christopher Wiley, at City University, wrote a blog post about reviewing their feedback forms and proformas Workshop on Assessment Feedback: Centre for Music Studies, 2011.
- Bloxham, Sue, and Liz Campbell. 2010. Generating dialogue in assessment feedback: Exploring the use of interactive cover sheets. Assessment & Evaluation in Higher Education 35 (3).
- Assessment and feedback: resources and useful links.
This guide has been produced by the UCL Arena Centre for Research-based Education. You are welcome to use this guide if you are from another educational facility, but you must credit the UCL Arena Centre.