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Feedback as external feedback on the current state of, among other things, one's own knowledge and skills and can supplement one's own perception of the situation with an external perspective (e.g., the assessment of fellow students or the measurement against objective criteria by a teacher). In this way, feedback can highlight areas in need of improvement and, for example, provide valuable advice on how to improve one's own working methods from other (more experienced) people. However, implementing this feedback is sometimes difficult, especially if one continues working immediately afterwards and does not reflect further on the feedback.

Reflection represents a conscious examination of one's own behavior. It offers the potential to develop independently and according to one's own possibilities as well as to process information more consciously. However, this reflection on one's own behavior has certain limits, e.g. if we do not even recognize failures or strategies worthy of improvement as such. We learn best from previous experiences when we combine the feedback we receive with subsequent reflection.

Therefore, with the help of ILIAS, students are offered the opportunity to reflect on their experiences with feedback in the context of an e-learning unit. Participation will be rewarded as part of the 360° peer feedback as one of three required participations to earn a competency point in Physician Competencies. This reflection assignment is a voluntary offering that is being piloted to 4th year students.

Sample Reflection Questions:

Recall feedback situations you have received so far during your studies. What kind of feedback were they? (Formulate the points purely descriptively)!
Take a step back in your mind and look at the feedback from different perspectives (your perspective, the perspective of the person giving the feedback, or that of outsiders, etc.). What impressions arise here?
Please recall a situation in which you found it difficult to accept feedback. What kind of situation was it? What would you have needed to be able to accept the feedback better? Keep in mind specific characteristics of the situation, such as location, timing of feedback, etc., but also characteristics of yourself (e.g., mood, importance of feedback to you, etc.) and the person giving the feedback (e.g., relationship, hierarchy, competence, etc.). 
How would you rate your attitude toward feedback? Is it important to you or more secondary and why?
You can access the e-learning unit via ILIAS.

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