Peer Assessment in Group Work
Submitted by Leecy on September 13, 2018 - 5:44pm
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As someone who prefers to learn independently, it took me a very long time to endorse and apply collaborative learning activities among students, especially in writing courses. When finally doing so, I learned a whole lot from trial and error about how to allow students to work to achieve far better results together than they would alone.
Assessing performance in group work is a challenge that keeps many instructors from having students work together. As I looked into best practices recommended for self and peer assessments, I found a very helpful resource. The Guide to Peer-Assessment (Wride, 2017) provided me with great reminders from the University of Dublin Trinity College on why to emphasize teamwork and how to make it effective among students . Wride says, "Peer assessment and the learning that emerges from it fit into social constructivist models of education (Carlile & Jordan, 2005). Therefore, the traditional individualistic concept of assessment needs to be re-addressed if student cooperation and collaboration are to be fostered."
What success have you had implementing collaborative learning? Please share best practices or resources to help us better help students collaborate in meeting learning objectives and later work requirements.