Using active feedback to develop students’ critical thinking skills

Mar 17, 2023
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The EAA Education Committee is glad to announce a new education event on “Using active feedback to develop students’ critical thinking skills”.


To develop critical thinking, students must not only engage in active learning but also in active feedback.

In this session, David Nicol (University of Glasgow) will explain the concept of active feedback and how its application gives students more control over learning in ways that develop their critical thinking skills. Suzanne McCallum (University of Glasgow) will then provide examples of implementation in both narrative and quantitative areas of accountancy. Participants will also have the opportunity to design an implementation relevant to their own teaching context.


When: March 17, 2023, 10:00-12:00 AM Brussels time


The recording is available here.



Short Bios:

Suzanne McCallum (Adam Smith Business School, University of Glasgow)

Suzanne McCallum is a qualified chartered accountant who worked in practice before joining the Adam Smith Business School in 2015.  She is a senior lecturer and an Associate Head of Accounting and Finance in the area of Learning and Teaching.  She has researched and published in the area of accounting education and assessment and feedback for many years.

David Nicol (Adam Smith Business School, University of Glasgow)

David Nicol is Research Professor leading the Teaching Excellence Initiative in the Adam Smith Business School, University of Glasgow where he collaborates with academic staff on educational improvement projects. He has published widely on assessment and feedback, e-learning and change management in higher education. His current research, which won Silver Award for Innovation in the Science of Learning, focuses on the processes by which learners generate inner feedback, and on how to harness this natural capacity in educational settings.



Key references


Nicol, D. and McCallum, S. (2022) Making internal feedback explicit: exploiting the multiple comparisons that occur during peer review. Assessment and Evaluation in Higher Education, 47(3), pp. 424-443. (doi: 10.1080/02602938.2021.1924620)

Nicol, D. (2021) The power of internal feedback: exploiting natural comparison processes. Assessment and Evaluation in Higher Education, 46(5), pp. 756-778. (doi: 10.1080/02602938.2020.1823314)








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