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Self and Peer Assessment

Self and Peer Assessment

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Self Assessment and Peer Assessment

What's the Difference?

Self assessment – students considering their own work and then judging how well they have performed in relation to the assessment criteria.

Peer assessment – students considering others work and then judging how well they have performed in relation to the assessment criteria.

Both require students to develop/have some skill in:

  • Evaluating their own performance,
  • Identifying strengths, weaknesses and areas to improve
  • Comprehending the assessment criteria

Peer Assessment

Peer assessment is students taking responsibility for assessing the work of their peers against defined assessment criteria:

  • it can lead to feedback (peer review) and/or summative grades
  • it can be used for individual work, contributions to group work, or group work outputs
  • it can be anonymous, or not

Why should I use it?

Phil Race has defined a number of reasons to use peer assessment:

  • Students will get the chance to find out more about assessment culture
  • lecturers have less time to assess than before
  • learning is enhanced when students have contributed to their marking criteria
  • assessing is a good way to achieve deep learning
  • students can learn from the successes of others
  • students can learn from other's mistakes

Race, P. (2001). The Lecturer's Toolkit. London. Kogan Page, pp. 94-95.

Where can I use it?

Potentially anywhere...But wherever you use it you will need to consider the assessment carefully and possibly tweak it to make it fit well.

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