The importance of feedback during the internship

Published on November 30, 2020.

In autumn (2020) project partners organized an additional round of internships between Vilnius University and the University of Lyon. As a result, students have tested beta versions of online modules, worked remotely in groups following design thinking methodologies and joined feedback sessions to exchange feedback. 

It is well known that feedback is an important component of effective learning. It improves learner confidence, motivation to learn and ultimately, a learner’s attainment. Effective feedback during the first year in university can aid the transition to higher education and may support student retention. Providing students engage with feedback, it should enhance learning and improve assessment performance (1).

Feedback is about listening actively, taking the time to analyze, and then thinking of the best possible solution to perform better. It provides positive criticism and allows to see what everyone can change to improve their focus and results. It brings people together and creates a healthy communication flow.

The feedback sessions allow students to share and present their innovations in their current form across borders with other students in the international team projects, where they give and receive feedback on each other’s innovation in turns. Feedback sessions are arranged after the student in the international team projects has an idea for their innovation and before the final pitch so that there is time to make adjustments on the innovation after the received feedback.

  1. Yorke, M. (2002) Academic Failure: a Retrospective View from Non-Completing Students. In: Failing Students in Higher Education (eds Peelo, M & Wareham, T). SRHE and Open University Press, Maidenhead.