Selecting courseware feedback to maximize motivation and performance

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Recently developed courseware, including tutorials, simulations, presentations, electronic textbooks and computer-based exams and assignments, often contain features that provide feedback to students. Feedback has consistently been shown to have a positive impact on performance and motivation; however, the effectiveness of feedback in improving performance depends on a number of factors. When evaluating courseware for adoption or designing their own courseware, educators should consider these feedback features and their impact on the student’s learning experience. Thus, we discuss guidelines for the proper use of this technology to improve the performance of students. In addition, an example is provided of actual courseware that contains feedback that follows these guidelines.

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Journal of Financial Education