Reflect: Take a moment and return to the resources provided in this section of the Communicate skill and the ongoing exploration of communication practices in the online environment.
Answer: How do communication practices in the online environment correlate to effective feedback? Why is authentic feedback important for online learners? In what ways might an instructor enrich a student’s online experience through feedback?
Communication practices allow for effective feedback in a variety of ways that best fit the learner. Authentic feedback provides confidence for a learner as well as to help guide them in the area of weakness. It eliminates any misunderstandings on the behalf of all parties. An instructor may use a variety of ways to provide feedback such as email, memes, audio files, and screencasts. Providing feedback may be the key to ensuring a student’s involvement and progress through a course.