Steven A. Burr
Delivery and use of individualised feedback in large class medical teaching
Burr, Steven A.; Brodier, Elizabeth; Wilkinson, Simon
Background: Formative feedback that encourages self-directed learning in large class medical teaching is difficult
to deliver. This study describes a new method, blueprinted feedback, and explores learner’s responses to assess its
appropriate use within medical science teaching.
Methods: Mapping summative assessment items to their relevant learning objectives creates a blueprint which can
be used on completion of the assessment to automatically create a list of objectives ranked by the attainment of
the individual student. Two surveys targeted medical students in years 1, 2 and 3. The behaviour-based survey was
released online several times, with 215 and 22 responses from year 2, and 187, 180 and 21 responses from year 3.
The attitude-based survey was interviewer-administered and released once, with 22 responses from year 2 and 3,
and 20 responses from year 1.
Results: 88-96% of learners viewed the blueprinted feedback report, whilst 39% used the learning objectives to
guide further learning. Females were significantly more likely to revisit learning objectives than males (p = 0.012).
The most common reason for not continuing learning was a ‘hurdle mentality’ of focusing learning elsewhere once
a module had been assessed.
Conclusions: Blueprinted feedback contains the key characteristics required for effective feedback so that with
further education and support concerning its use, it could become a highly useful tool for the individual and
Burr, S. A., Brodier, E., & Wilkinson, S. Delivery and use of individualised feedback in large class medical teaching. BMC Medical Education, 13(May), doi:10.1186/1472-6920-13-63
|Journal Article Type||Article|
|Deposit Date||Apr 2, 2014|
|Journal||BMC Medical Education|
|Peer Reviewed||Peer Reviewed|
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Copyright information regarding this work can be found at the following address: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0