Student Optimism and Appreciation of Feedback
Computing, Health and Science
Exercise, Biomedical and Health Science
Optimism and self confidence are important factors in learning outcome and key determinants in student success at a tertiary institution. One factor that contributes to reduced success of students with lower confidence levels is the impact of feedback on their learning, and in turn this affects its value for these students. In addition large classes are a challenge for students with low self confidence and online feedback may offer a less confrontational strategy. In this study we investigate student response to feedback, in particular students' perceptions of the value of online feedback, relative to their self confidence as indicated by self predictions of grades. The student cohort is a large and diverse group of undergraduate students studying first year human biology in three Western Australian universities.