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How to Give Feedback

How to Give Feedback

Feedback is a vital part of education and training. This module offers some suggestions on how you can improve the feedback you give so that you are better able to help motivate and develop learners’ knowledge, skills and behaviours.

By the end of the module, you should have:

  • learned and updated some of the principles behind giving effective feedback
  • considered the different contexts in which feedback can be given
  • thought about some of the issues involved in giving feedback in today’s medical and health education system
  • had an opportunity to apply the learning from the module to your own practice through carrying out activities and reflecting on these.

Before you start

Before you start the module we recommend that you spend a few minutes thinking about the following points and noting down some of your thoughts. If you are registered on the site, you can do this in the ‘reflections area’. Click on the ‘my area’ link at the top of the page to access your personal pages. Please note that you must be logged in to do this. Please also note that you will need to contribute to the ‘reflections area’ during the course of the module in order to complete and print out your certificate.

Thinking points

  • What activities are you currently involved in that require you to give feedback to trainees or students? 
  • Have you had any training in giving feedback and, if so, what are some of the key principles you remember?
  • What are your strengths in giving feedback?
  • What aspects of giving feedback are you hoping to improve? 

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