Wednesday, 12 November 2014

A collection of video case studies about peer assessment in Higher Education

Video case studies from Oregon, Nottingham, Reading, UCA and UCL about peer assessment: 

A summary of the constraints of peer assessment: 

  • Students do not always fully understand what kind of feedback they are required to provide.
  • Students may want to support and compliment their peers and feel uncomfortable making constructive suggestions, fearing that they may be interpreted as criticism. 
  • Reluctance to provide feedback to friends
  • Feedback may be inconsistent. 
  • It can generate a lot of extra paperwork

A summary of the benefits of peer assessment to students: 

  • Students tend to be mark focused. The students' focus tends to move from the mark to the feedback as they become providers as well as recipients of the feedback. 
  • Peer assessment provides the opportunity to provide more rapid feedback in large groups and also increases the amount of feedback each student receives.
  • Students are able to see examples of the work of their peers, which is something they do not normally have chance to do. 
  • Provides an insight into the examiner experience. 
  • Helps students to reflect on how they answer questions. 
  • Helps students to understand the mark scheme more clearly which can lead to a better understanding of the meaning of the marking criteria and encourage them to deploy new strategies to their assessed work themselves. 
  • The process of reviewing the work of others helps students understand what is considered good work and why, thereby increasing their ability to achieve. 
  • It develops students' ability to construct feedback 
  • It enhances students’ active engagement with their studies. 
  • It augments students’ disciplinary understanding since peer feedback invariably requires explanation and justification.