FeedbackFruits

Feedback Fruits was started by a group of students at the Delft University of Technology. They designed a dialogue tool to improve the interaction between lecturers and students and developed other tools with the same focus since then. There are several tools of FeedbackFruits that can be used during and after a lecture as a feedback tool or function as a document sharing system. FeedbackFruits can be integrated into Canvas, instructions can be found below.

Some features offered by FeedbackFruits

1. Comprehension
This feature allows you to check students’ comprehension of a text with an assignment by letting them annotate a text based on your questions. You can add a preexisting document for students to annotate and specify which topics are essential in the text. Students will select and annotate the passages where these topics are discussed and mark the answer(s) to the questions in the text. There are options to specify how many annotations students need to provide, to ask students to write a summary of their annotations or let students react to each other’s annotations.

2. Interactive Document
Interactive Document is another way to help students understand a text or to test their knowledge about the text. Instead of annotating the document, students need to answer questions from the teacher. A teacher can add a multiple choice or open-ended question at a certain point in the text. It is also possible to make answering a question mandatory for students before they continue reading. Instead of a question, teachers can also start a discussion topic at a certain place in the text or let students start discussion topics themselves. They will then also be able to comment on each other’s discussion posts.

3. Interactive Presentation
To stimulate interaction with you and your presentation during class, Interactive Presentation is a tool that allows you to upload an existing presentation and add questions (multiple choice or open) and discussion topics to specific places in the presentation. Students can also start discussion topics themselves.

4. Interactive Video
A similar tool is Interactive Video, in which you can ask students questions during a video, and see their answers in real time. You can upload a video and add questions and discussion topics to a specific points in the video. As with the Interactive Document and Video, students can also start discussion topics themselves.

5. Group Member Evaluation
When students collaborate together it can be difficult for a teacher to get an idea of the collaboration process. With the Group Member Evaluation tool you can let students provide feedback to their group members. You can specify the feedback criteria and optionally let students write a reflection based on the feedback they received.

This tool can also be used to let students provide feedback to another group, for example after a presentation in class. The default setting is that students work individually and review individually, but for in-group peer review this must be changed to ‘Work individually, review within groups’.

Students can be added to groups manually or automatically by clicking on ‘Configure Groups’. One problem of using Group Member Evaluation within Canvas is that there is no option to restrict the group members so that they are within one section (tutorial group). If you have more than one tutorial group, we do not recommend using this feature.

6. Peer Feedback
If you want students to provide feedback to each other, there are different tools to do so. One of them is the Peer Feedback tool of FeedbackFruits.

With this tool, students hand in the work to be reviewed and are then ascribed to review the work of others. You can set deadlines for both parts of the assignment and can access both the original work and the feedback. It is possible to let the student review multiple works. Another feature is the option to set up questions or categories that students must incorporate in their peer review.

One problem of using Peer feedback within Canvas is that there is no option to restrict the peers so that they are within one section (tutorial group). If you have more than one tutorial group, we do not recommend using this feature. See here for a comparison of peer review systems offered by the UvA.

7. Skill Feedback
This tool allows you to provide feedback to your students on skills. This is especially useful for those skills that are not measured on the basis of a submission-based product. An example for such a skill is presenting. Feedback can be given to an individual or to a group. With the Skills Feedback tool you can specify criteria beforehand to assure consistency in he feedback. Optionally, you can let students write a reflection on their received feedback.

 

Integration in Canvas

FeedbackFruits’ tools can be integrated in Canvas easily. There are two ways to do so.

The first is to add a FeedbackFruits element from a module. Go to the module you want to add to and select the grey plus in the upper right corner of the module. Select ‘External tool’ and click on the tool you want to use. Give the created page a name, select your preferred settings and click ‘Add item’. Click on the link created in the module to set up the FeedbackFruits tool. Go back to Canvas afterwards and publish the element.

The second way to integrate a FeedbackFruits tool, is by creating an assignment from the navigation tab ‘Assignments’. Select ‘External tool’ as a submission type and click on ‘Find’ and select the FeedbackFruits element you want to add. Continue setting up the assignment and click on save. You will now be directed to set up the assignment in the FeedbackFruits environment, where you can edit the assignment to your preference. When you are finished with editing, click on ‘Done’ in the upper right corner. Afterwards, publish the assignment in Canvas.

 

Using FeedbackFruits could require quite some change of the setup of your course and maybe even style of teaching. For now, the platform is only available on request or via Canvas. Please contact ICTO for more information.

Read more about FeedbackFruits’ ideas on their website.

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