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) of 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.
  • A resource document that provides information about the various ways instructors can implement PA; offers guidance in making these decisions; addresses questions such as what guidelines will best support students in giving peer feedback; and what strategies will foster students' buy-in
  • Examples of PA assignments

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.

  • What does teamwork look like? How can students develop their feedback skills to support teamwork? This brief TLS video addresses how peer assessment can support productive and harmonious team experiences by making students accountable to their team members
  • 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 in this video tutorial and starting on page 7 of the resource document

 

McGill instructors’ experiences with PA

McGill University is on land which has long served as a site of meeting and exchange amongst Indigenous peoples, including the Haudenosaunee and Anishinabeg nations. We acknowledge and thank the diverse Indigenous people whose footsteps have marked this territory on which peoples of the world now gather.

L'Université McGill est sur un emplacement qui a longtemps servi de lieu de rencontre et d'échange entre les peuples autochtones, y compris les nations Haudenosaunee et Anishinabeg. Nous reconnaissons et remercions les divers peuples autochtones dont les pas ont marqué ce territoire sur lequel les peuples du monde entier se réunissent maintenant.