1.4 Ask for feedback
In tandem with fostering a sense of community, you need to check at regular intervals how the learners are doing, evaluate their progression through the course materials, and ensure they are being supported. Those who respond negatively, and those who do not respond at all, will need your attention to help them develop study strategies to get them back on track. Online feedback mechanisms can provide more formative feedback for tutors than traditional paper questionnaires (Donovan et al., 2006). It can also be very beneficial to your online teaching practice to engage in peer observation with fellow online teachers (Jones and Gallen, 2016). We will be exploring how you can make the best use of feedback in Week 8 of this course.