Peer Assessment

Peer Assessment

Peer Assessment (PA) refers to students providing feedback on other students’ assignments or contributions to teamwork to help them improve their work. This feedback may or may not involve a grade.

When properly implemented, PA can be a reliable and valid method of assessment.

Designing successful PA assignments involves making a number of decisions. Check out the resources below.

Peer Assessment (PA) on other students' assignments

This refers to students providing feedback on other students’ assignments to help them improve their work. This feedback may or may not involve a grade. When properly implemented, PA can be a reliable and valid method of assessment.

Peer Assessment (PA) of contributions to teamwork

This refers to having students assess peers’ contributions to teamwork as well as their behaviour throughout the completion of the assignment. PA of teamwork has the potential not only to mitigate challenges associated with students working in groups, such as “social loafing,” but also develop students’ collaboration and negotiation skills.

  • A resource document that describes how PA of teamwork can be implemented so as to foster students' productive and collegial work in teams and minimize instances of student conflict
  • Sample peer grading calculations in Excel format (explained starting on page 7 of the resource document)
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