Stimulate student learning by means of handy feedback tools

Feedback is a powerful tool for stimulating student learning. Besides receiving feedback from lecturers, students can also assess each other’s work. Peer feedback encourages students to reflect - an important property for future academics. ICT makes it possible to organise the sharing of feedback efficiently and effectively. The Feedback project revolved around asking lecturers to share their requirements when it comes to peer feedback, as well as exploring the market of feedback software. Two feedback tools were tested with the help of lecturers and students: TrainTool and Novolearning.

Facts and figures (2016-2019)

2 different tools tested

13 TrainTool pilots

3 Novolearning pilots

18 programmes implement peer feedback

4,599 TrainTool users

8,310 times peer feedback given through TrainTool

Benefits of TrainTool

  • Students can practice as often as they would like in a secured online environment
  • Students can give each other feedback easily
  • Large groups can train individual skills in a personal environment
  • Efficient use of teaching time: lecturers who have students use TrainTool to prepare for class, have more time for giving instructions to work groups
“I prefer to practice a little in my own space and time, before my work actually gets assessed.”

TrainTool pilot participant pilot

What should you look out for when searching for a feedback tool?

Marleen Hofman (Education advisor RU) will explain which feedback tools exist and how you can select the right tool for your education.

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Peer feedback in Medicine’s communication education

Remco Haringhuizen (lecturer of the medicine program) will explain how the Medicine program uses TrainTool to provide peer feedback.

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“Through peer feedback, students are given much more feedback than I could ever provide them with, with some surprising results. Active, extraverted students are sometimes told that they don’t give other students enough room to contribute. It can truly be an eyeopener for them.”

Titia Meijer (lecturer of Work and Organizational Psychology) uses peer feedback in the Master’s programme Work, Organisation and Health.

The road to completion

September 2016

Lecturers request a feedback tool

A trial licence for TrainTool is purchased

August 2017

A successful trial: campus wide TrainTool licence is purchased

RU-wide pilots set off

October 2017

Novolearning platform is explored

Students can follow personal learning paths and receive feedback on their own learning outcomes

August 2018

TrainTool campus-wide licence is extended by 2 years

Enthusiastic lecturers and students in mid-term evaluation

October 2018

SURF Challenge Day

Tools are compared with the help of other institutes

January 2019

Wide-ranging survey into lecturers’ feedback tools

User experiences and demands are compiled

Fall 2019


Keep experimenting, because of a large diversity in needs and possibilities