Peer assessment of student class presentations
Keywords: peer review, collaboration, industry practice.
Faculty: Arts and Social Sciences
As a senior lecturer in Media Studies, Catriona Bonfiglioli tries to include an element of student peer review in each of her subjects. She sees peer review as a normal part of working life and believes that students need to learn to evaluate their peers and others. Ideally, she would like every student to have the opportunity to mark every other student’s presentation. Catriona started experimenting with this approach by using paper rubrics, which were easy for students to use but created considerable labour for tutors in collating the marks from every student, for every student and then calculating the average. After searching for technology that would make the assessment easier to administer, Catriona switched to SPARKPlus as a way to collect peer evaluations of student work.
Benefits for staff and students
- Students get an opportunity to practice their oral presentations. Every employer would like to have workers who are able to stand up in front of people and talk.
- All students were actively engaged in the presentations concentrating on the class presentation in order to give their feedback.
- SPARKPlus automatically calculates the student marks, making it more accurate and less time spent on data entry.
Tips and advice
- If you haven’t used SPARKPlus to assess group work get someone to help with the set up.
- There is some manual handling required behind the scenes. If you want to export the results into another system like Review or the GradeCentre, it helps to have some basic Excel skills.
- Don’t allocate more than 10% for the peer review.
- If you haven’t tried peer review, give it a go and you will likely be happy with how students react.
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