If life is what happens to our plans, then dance is what happens to our steps.
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Preparation for starting with BAPP

Friday, 20 September 2019

Feedback - not alone

Throughout the course we see you as 'In conversation...' with us, with each other and with the handbooks. So how does feedback fit in with this?

How do we stand with feedback - 
Firstly, feedback is not about telling you how to get an 'A' it is about helping you develop your ideas and work from the place it is when you receive the feedback. So it is not about correcting the work in terms of telling what to do but it is about developing your work. This means that where ever your work is we will always support you in developing it further. Of course as Supervisors we will let you know if you are working at a level that will not pass. We will not be letting you march of the edge of a cliff!! but the Supervisors role is about working with you to go further so feedback will not likely ever be 'Yes, this is right.'!!

Secondly, so feedback is a conversation and on-going process which is why have a 'Feedback response sheet'.  This is so that we can document the conversation in brief. It is also so that you can direct your own feedback.
The feedback response sheet is sent with any drafts you send for feedback - you should use the sheet to ask questions that direct feedback such as
'I have used quotes to give examples of XXX but I wonder if too much of the essay is in the voice of others because of it.'
or practical questions
'I was not sure how to quote an interviewee I have used "" instead of '' for quotes from interviewee and put them I the bibliography but their interviews are not published so should they be in the bibliography?'

The Feedback response form should also be used after a Skype Supervisor tutorial (one-to-one) summarise the discussion and inform a blog about the tutorial.

The Feedback Response Form is therefore a document of learning, discussion and conversation for you to refer to as you study.  It supports the idea you are not alone in your study (you are in conversation) but not being alone does not mean you are just waiting to be told what to do.

A note: emailing your tutor should not be your first response to not understanding something!! First go back to the Handbook that is what they are for to explain the course, ideas and direct, then read some blogs of people who have done the Module you are on. Then have some time to think.

* feedback response templates can be found on UniHub or create one yourself as a word.doc


  1. Thank you for posting this Adesola. It was very helpful to read, and again reaffirms the need to be self motivated in study, and to take the reigns so to say. It's interesting how often with age the balance between teacher/tutor and student becomes more commensurate and I believe this is a challenging change in perspective from someone who has had the experience of being a dancer. The studio would often be a place for the dance student taking the submissive position, perhaps to display dicipline and respect for the Teacher. I like the idea of a feedback form, where a two way discussion can emerge around reflection, critique and the opportunity to predict where there may be literary errors perhaps due to discovering an absence in ones'knowledge. The questions may not lead to answers, but more questions which can only be a positive thing!

  2. Thank you Adesola, I am looking forward to receiving the ongoing feedback and conversation throughout Module 3.

  3. Thank you Adesola. Sometimes when doing self-study, you get locked in on certain points and the feedback helps to give a different perspective to look into and discuss! It really goes back to the 'collective' of the BAPP course.