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Peer Feedback

Introduction

Do you wants students to be engaged in more critical reflection?  Do you want students to have a more deeper understanding of the learned content? Giving academic feedback is an important academic skill and with peer feedback tools these goals and more can be achieved without additional effort. 

Peer feedback can be used with a wide variety of educational products and processes.  Think about essays, shorts texts or portfolios.  It is also possible to apply peer feedback in the learning process or let students evaluate group processes.

Our suggestion

There are several peer feedback tools available which can be used in class. The Educational Services made a selection of useful and user friendly tools for lecturers.  Based upon the intended goal an appropriate tool can be selected. In the document below the different options are mentioned:

Peer feedback selection table

A few things to consider

Formative or summative assessment?  There are various definitions on formative or summative assessments.  To keep things simple: Formative = for learning, Summative = measure learning outcomes.

Process or product review? Different tools have a different purposes.  Decide upfront if you are using a tool to evaluate group processes or you want student to review products.

Succes factors

The success of peer feedback depends on a number of variables.  Please contact the OD for more information.  Success factors include, but are not limited to:

  • Work with rubrics.
  • Students should have influence on the assessment criteria
  • Clear deadlines and agreements
  • Consider anonymous feedback
  • Feedback should be constructive and should have positive and negative elements
  • The lecturer should also provide feedback (in the beginning)
  • The lecturer should have the role of coach, monitor and process keeper

Contact:

For any further questions please do not hesitate to ask us Chris Rouwenhorst (c.rouwenhorst@utwente.nl) or Karen Slotman (k.m.j.slotman@utwente.nl) if you need any further assistance.