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PassNote: A feedback tool for improving student success

PassNote from Purdue University

Purdue University has developed a very interesting tool (PassNote) to help streamline formative feedback to help both instructors and students. It was featured in the September issue of Educause Review Online: “PassNote: A Feedback Tool for Improving Student Success“. It is a free tool that can be used by any instructor without a login. Instructors are provided with “feedback prompts” that can be drag and dropped into a message, copied to the clipboard, and sent to students. Purdue provides a summary below:

When Purdue University faculty asked for assistance in composing feedback messages to students, Information Technology at Purdue (ITaP) developed PassNote, a feedback tool that integrates good practice into the process of providing formative assessments. PassNote gives faculty customizable feedback prompts (snippets) and lets them connect students with information and links to services such as tutoring,Supplemental Instruction, library resources, technology tools, and workshops. PassNote “message starters” are often incomplete, allowing instructors to include course-specific information such as office hours and departmental resources.

A PassNote screen inviting message customization – from Educause Review Online:

How could this tool be used by instructors here at McGill?

Try out PassNote today and post your thoughts in the comments below.

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Associate Director, Learning Environments, Teaching and Learning Services, McGill University. Focused on our physical and digital learning environments and the appropriate and effective use of technology in teaching and learning.

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