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      CRADLE Seminar Series: Karen Olave-Encina on Feedback Literacy in International Students in Melbourne


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      August 2, 2019

      Friday  10:00 AM

      727 Collins Street
      Melbourne, Victoria 3008

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      CRADLE Seminar Series: Karen Olave-Encina on Feedback Literacy in International Students

      Unpacking feedback literacy processes in international students Dr Karen Olave-Encina, School of Education,University of Queensland International students encounter many academic and sociocultural challenges when studying in a new environment, including making sense of new feedback conventions. Join the University of Queensland's Dr Karen Olave-Encina as she explores the processes of first-year undergraduate international students developing feedback literacy in an Australian context. International students enrolled in undergraduate programmes in Australia find many academic and sociocultural challenges when studying in the new academic context. These challenges include the development of feedback literacy, which refers to understanding, acting on and interpreting feedback to actively engage and enhance learning. While prior research has suggested learning activities and requirements for developing feedback literacy, little attention has been paid to how international students make sense of new feedback conventions to become feedback literate. This seminar will explore the processes used by a group of first-year international undergraduate students at an Australian university to develop feedback literacy. Semi-structured interviews, written responses and an e-log were used to capture students’ ongoing experiences. Drawing on a sociocultural approach, the presentation will examine the complexities students faced in adapting and negotiating their feedback repertoires of knowledge in the new environment. The analysis reveals that international students experience complex iterative reflective processes to develop new feedback practices with nuanced levels of feedback literacy development. The seminar will conclude with a discussion about students’ processes of developing feedback literacy. After Karen's presentation, join us for morning tea to continue the conversation around feedback literacy processes in international students. This seminar will be available across all Deakin campuses via Skype for Business (please select your location via the ticketing options for room details), and will also be accessible to all non-Deakin locations online or over the phone (please select this ticketing option for further details). Karen Olave-Encina holds a Fellowship in the School of Education at the University of Queensland and is also a casual lecturer in the Master of Applied Linguistics in UQ's School of Languages and Cultures. She has nearly twenty years of experience working in higher education in Chile and Australia. Her PhD focused on international students’ practices and perceptions of feedback, assessment, and academic literacies in higher education. Her research interests are assessment, feedback, academic literacies, inclusive education, and teaching methodologies for students who have English as an additional language.

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