Feedback in Teaching

With the feedback policy, the University of Vienna wants to actively introduce its students to feedback as an academic practice and promote a communicative teaching/learning culture. Feedback brings a greater sense of achievement in studies, promotes active study behaviour and motivates students to participate in the academic discourse. Together with transparent performance requirements and differentiated assessments, feedback helps students to focus their actions more on achieving subject-related goals and to take responsibility for their own learning process.

The feedback policy with the principles for feedback and examples for the design of feedback can be found here, the video 'Why is feedback important' with Christa Schnabl, Vice-Rector for Educational Affairs, can be watched here (in German). For suggestions or if you would like advice, please contact

The CTL offers a wide range of support for the implementation of feedback in teaching:




Emergence of the Feedback Policy

The Feedback Policy was developed by a working group working group chaired by Christa Schnabl, Vice Rector for Studies and Teaching, and adopted by the Rectorate in 2017 after a discussion process at the faculties and centers. The reason for the intensive consideration of the feedback culture was the Quality Audit of the University of Vienna in 2015, whereby the certification of the quality assurance system by the Swiss Accreditation Council was linked to a requirement regarding examination culture and feedback procedures (feedback to students on their performance). The expert report with the condition can be found here.