I started to draw a graphic of what a feedback loop means to me. Start with an idea. Reflect on the idea and then retool. Gather feedback from people I respect. Retool again. It seems like a circular process. It actually is not circular at all. It is definitely spiral. The idea is at the base of the spiral. As the feedback and reflection process adds to the project, it grows and improves.
I thought a lot about how much I enjoy the feedback spiral/process as I was reviewing one of my colleague’s units this week. Every time I review my own work or someone else’s I learn something. Whether it be how to format something to make it easier for the user to understand or how to technically do something. For example, this week I discovered a calendar feature in Edmodo after several reviews of my unit. The Quality Matters program rubric made the reflection and review of my colleague’s unit even easier. All the elements of a technology-based distance course are addressed in this rubric. Of course, as I reviewed the unit, I reflected on my own unit. Did it meet all of these standards? Do all of these standards apply to my unit? In most cases, the rubric does apply to my unit. Because it is blended, synchronous and asynchronous, I think some of the items referring to support and accessibility from my students’ perspective will apply within the classroom and not online. I am looking forward to getting feedback from my colleagues on my unit to move up the spiral process.
At this point, I am “mid-spiral” and eagerly awaiting feedback about my unit so I can move toward implementation of instruction. Of course, there will be more modifications during instruction with real students.
I received feedback from two of my colleagues on my unit. I was pleased to hear that they easily navigated the course and anticipated it to be fun, engaging, and challenging for my students. A few minor tweaks in communicating how assessment will be done will be added to the unit so that any teacher could pick up the course and implement it in his or her classroom.