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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 deeper understanding of the learned content? Giving academic feedback is an important academic skill and with digital peer feedback tools these goals can be achieved without much 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.

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 if you want students to review products.

At our university we have several tools available for you to use: TurnItIn, WebPA, and also digital portfolio.

Success factors

The success of peer feedback depends on a number of variables.  Please contact us for more information and advice.  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 Chris Rouwenhorst (c.rouwenhorst@utwente.nl) or Karen Slotman (k.m.j.slotman@utwente.nl) if you need any further assistance. Karen recently wrote on a pilot project with peer feedback that was partly financed by SURF.