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Feedback in Engineering Education

The National Student Survey (NSS) conducted in the UK indicated a perceived weakness in feedback practice in the engineering discipline. Foundational courses in engineering are often characterized with a large cohort of students, where lectures are mostly held in lecture theatres that create a physical distance between students and teachers affecting students' interaction and involvement (Geske, 1992). The feedback loop is often difficult to initiate given that communication in large classes often operate in a single direction, offering students less opportunity to give or receive feedback. Given the challenges in implementing good feedback practice, research on feedback in large class has been a popular area of research in education and it is also gaining attention in engineering education research.

Research in the area may involve examining the feedback processes in large classes, exploring methods of enhancing feedback with the use of technology enhanced tools and understanding students' and/or teachers' perception of feedback using survey-based approach.