Magna Online Seminars

Efficient and Effective Feedback in the Online Classroom

Provide Frequent Feedback to Online Learners While Managing Your Workload

Effective feedback is a critical component of the learning process – and for online students especially, it also serves an important role in keeping them motivated and engaged. 

For faculty, though, the feedback process can be an insatiable consumer of time and energy. That’s bad for faculty morale and well-being, certainly – but it’s also bad for pedagogy, because excessive time devoted to feedback leaves less time for the other essentials of good teaching. 

B. Jean Mandernach, Ph.D., research professor and director of the Center for Innovation in Research and Teaching at Grand Canyon University, has developed a set of strategies for reducing feedback’s burden while maintaining the high quality that contributes so much to students’ growth and learning. She shares those strategies in this Magna Online Seminar. 

In this one-hour presentation, Dr. Mandernach illustrates how a combination of technology, time management, and teaching technique can result in a far less time-consuming feedback process that nevertheless produces strong gains in students’ cognitive understanding as well as in their sense of connection to the course and the instructor. 

Efficient and Effective Feedback in the Online Classroom will show you how to free yourself from the burden of inefficient feedback practices and reclaim valuable hours in your workday.

Topics Covered

Efficient and Effective Feedback in the Online Classroom will introduce you to a set of tools and practices designed to help you create better feedback for your online students in far less time. Topics covered in this one-hour presentation include:

  • Using emergent technologies to streamline and even automate elements of feedback
  • Enhancing feedback’s impact through the use of both one-to-one and one-to-many methods
  • Employing priority-based time management strategies
  • Taking advantage of “feedforward” techniques to decrease the need for summative feedback
  • Creating banks of common feedback statements that can be drawn on for future assessments

Taken together, these innovative approaches will help you pare your workload, rebalance your priorities, and maintain a positive environment for teaching and learning. 


Throughout this seminar, you'll gain insights from a leading authority on online education, Dr. B. Jean Mandernach of Grand Canyon University. In the hour you spend with her, you'll discover the secrets of developing and delivering thoughtful, impactful feedback that:

  • Increases cognitive understanding of class material
  • Promotes student engagement
  • Boosts motivation and morale
  • Strengthens student-faculty connections

And you’ll learn to do it in less time, with less repetitive effort, and with greater satisfaction.


You’ll come away from this presentation with a set of tools to help you more efficiently manage the feedback process. Those include:

  • Time-saving ways to use technology
  • Prioritization strategies to balance demands on your time
  • Alternate feedback approaches that enhance learning while reducing instructor workload
  • Productivity-boosting ways to repurpose existing feedback statements

It’s information you can implement easily and immediately in your online courses!

Who Should Watch this Program

The insights provided in Efficient and Effective Feedback in the Online Classroom will be valuable for participants at any institution, two-year or four-year, public or private. Anyone committed to providing high-quality, elaborative feedback in online courses but interested in eliminating inefficiencies will find the seminar invaluable. 

We especially recommend it for: 

  • Online faculty - By streamlining the feedback process, faculty can take greater control of their workloads and better allocate their time among pedagogical priorities. This seminar will be equally helpful for new faculty members, veterans, and adjuncts.
  • Online course developers - Building the seminar’s efficient feedback methods into course design can benefit every online instructor.
  • Faculty development professionals - Sharing these time-saving tools with faculty can help them prioritize their work responsibilities, free up time for professional development, and increase their job satisfaction.
Administrators of online programs - Implementing Dr. Mandernach’s recommendations at the program level can create efficiencies institution wide and produce measurable increases in productivity.


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