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Marking answers with a tick or cross won’t enhance learning

Parents and teachers view feedback as important for learning. But some kinds of feedback can be harmful rather than helpful. Considering the increasing popularity of digital learning tools with automated feedback, it is crucial to know which kinds of feedback actually help students learn.

Digital learning tools come in many shapes and sizes. The common characteristic is that a student does a task and automatically receives feedback on their response when the task is completed. This kind of interaction can take place in a program or application on devices such as computers, tablets, digital smart boards, or mobile phones.

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