Supporting your students

Supporting your students to understand the value in group and peer assessment is crucial to their on-going learning and skills development.

How to support your students

Be specific about the purpose of peer and group assessment activities and allow for discussion so that students can understand the reasons.

Embed peer involvement through course processes; create a course climate where the giving and receiving of peer feedback is a normal part of teaching and learning. These skills will improve student outcomes within group and peer assessment.

Involve students as much as possible in peer feedback processes to allow them to develop expertise in making judgements.

Structure activities with the intention of engaging students in dialogues relating to performance, standards and concepts of quality. “Understanding criteria and the academic discourse in which they may be embedded is challenging and may require training (Hanrahan & Isaacs, 2001), but this kind of understanding is fundamental to collaborative forms of assessment" (Liu & Carless, 2016 p287).

Educate students that feedback quality varies, train them how to rate peers with constructive feedback and how to critically evaluate and incorporate feedback received.

Follow-up group activities with opportunities for students to reflect

What resources and services are available to students

The following resources may be shared with students to assist them with group and peer assessment.

Research and Learning Online: Working in groups and teams

This guide assists students with the process, leadership, and possible difficulties around group and team work.

Peer-assessment & self-evaluation

The University of Wollongong Australia has created this resource that introduces peer-assessment and its benefits from a student perspective.


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