All the students in the three classes have filled in a questionnaire focusing on how they see the role of feedback, what their attitudes to it are, and what they would actually prefer. Four students from each class have also helped me understand their answers better through a focus group interview.
After deciding that the best program to work with, i.e. the one that best had the options needed to support quality feedback (judged on MANY parameters!) we have spent hours together adapting the program and working with establishing the categories each teacher wanted and needed to accommodate their general practice.
The teachers have also had a first go at working with the program in returning a paper to the students - and all involved needed to learn how to manage. I won't be able to say anything definitive about the potential benefits for a long time.... but it's very interesting to observe and record the work.
The interactions of four students from each class with the program in their revising their work have been screen recorded. This can show me something about their practice.
Each class will work with at least 3 more papers in the course of the fall and spring.