It is incorrect to use these terms interchangeably as they are not the same thing. Evaluation is making a judgment about something or someone with little or no intention of changing any aspects or behaviors and is intended to be summative. Feedback on the other hand is providing formative information to improve performance regardless of the current performance and it is participatory for the learner. Understanding the difference and ensuring learners understand the difference can make negative feedback easier to give and receive. We have included some resources to help faculty and preceptors go beyond saying ‘good job’ to provide effective feedback and accurately evaluate learners based on explicit criteria related to educational goals.
Just In Time
These Just In Time resources are ideal if you only have a couple of minutes to start finding out about Feedback & Evaluation.
Quick Teaching Tip: Feedback
Source: Virginia Apgar Academy of Medical Educators
Change the way you give feedback to your students with this quick teaching tip from the Virginia Apgar Academy of Medical Educators, a part of the Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons.