Feedback is any response from a teacher in regard to a student’s performance or behavior. It can be verbal, written or gestural. The purpose of feedback in the learning process is to improve a student’s performance- definitely not put a damper on it. The ultimate goal of feedback is to provide students with an “I can do this” attitude.
Assessment is a critical component of the online classroom. It provides students with an idea of their progress in a course, identifies individual strengths and weaknesses, and ultimately serves as the measure of whether students achieve the course learning objectives. It’s also important that assessments engage students and prepare them with the skills they'll need in future courses, practicums, and even their careers.
When you assign a grade and offer general or individualized feedback to your students, you help them focus on their progress, show that you share that focus, and increase your online presence. You can also use grading and feedback to influence your students’ performance in a positive way, encourage their participation in the course, and promote course content.