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Instructor resources (Writing Centre)

Writing Centre resources specifically designed for RRU instructors

Give empowering feedback on student writing

On January 18, 2018, Jo Axe, director of the School of Education and Technology, and Theresa Bell, writing centre manager, presented an hour-long lunch and learn session on giving feedback in student writing that empowers the student to learn and develop writing skills.


For a PDF version of the PowerPoint slides, please visit Green-Lighting Student Feedback.

Resources on giving effective feedback on writing

Help Guide to Giving Feedback on Student Writing

A tool for instructors who would like information and examples to assist them with giving feedback on student writing. The items are presented in alphabetical order within the categories, and the document should be used as a reference guide for instructors versus as an instructional tool. If students need information on any of the issues addressed within the document, please direct them to the Writing Centre website or invite them to contact the Writing Centre. This guide is not intended to be a comprehensive overview of all elements of writing that could be addressed in feedback; rather, it presents information on common mistakes made by students. Please note that the information provided may not reflect professor- or program-specific expectations, so instructors should check with their respective program offices to determine if there are program-specific requirements for student writing. The sample comments provided are suggestions of a starting point for feedback and aren’t intended to be exclusionary of an instructor’s approach and development of the comments with more information.

Commenting on Student Writing (The Teaching Center, Washington University in St. Louis)

  • This resource provides suggestions for faculty on course planning, comments in the margins, final comments, and other suggestions and resources.

Five Steps to Giving Feedback on Writing

Guiding Questions on Writing Concerns