It can be very difficult sometimes to understand what is being said in a comment. This is why the "depth 3" type of feedback is good - what was wrong, how you can fix it, and why. That said, the most motivating comments I remember are positive, rather than corrective : there is a feeling of collaboration rather than a student/tutor relationship if a comment says "Good point".
I enjoyed the specific examples of the three depths of
feedback. When receiving feedback, I have found it really useful to not only
what aspects need improving, but also why and possibly how (providing examples)
in a constructive manner. This is extremely time-consuming as a marker, however,
as highlighted above, the why and how in depth 3 can be similar to other
feedback provided, this ensures the marker is not creating entire banks of
feedback for each student to help time management.
Yes I agree, positive language is very important. I feel the TMA is the most important stages in a students journey that allows them gauge their progress. If the feedback is negative it could lead a student to leave the module.
The main difficulty with feedback is removing the volume of text to reveal key information which is content driven and actually useful in developing knowledge rather than standard feedback such as review referencing (which is important but content feedback is essential)
I may have been very lucky with my time studying with the OU since 2012, I have always found the TMA comments useful and encouraging. I do find the most helpful ones are in the TMA's where I under preform and I am within 10 marks of failing. These are TMA's that I know I have struggled with some of the questions. Here I see that the tutor has taken more time to think about how I had gone wrong and gives me pointers to do better next time. I do often ask quite a few questions on a TMA before the submission date so I think the tutor already has an idea where I'll be struggling. As a student I often make a point of engaging with my tutor. I like to make sure they understand the areas that I have problems.
Getting good feedback is always nice, but I am not actually all that comfortable with praise. I often think it is a bit excessive.
On the other hand, unless I already feel that what I have done is not the best I could have done, I do tend to take critisism poorly. Even in cases where it is justified, it can take me a little time to turn things around and realise I can (and usually should) do better.
It is much easier to do this if the critisism is clear in terms of what I did wrong and constructive in terms of how I might best remedy matters.