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Project introduction and background information

With increasing student numbers, peer review is an attractive method to engage students in evaluating group work. Students can learn from their peers’ work, and the work load of the teacher(s) decreases. When we let individual students each review a group assignment, the group gets 4 reviews per week: we’ll have individual learning activities and multiple group feedback. It sounds like an ideal solution, but what is it like in practice?

Objective and expected outcomes

Engaging students in evaluating group work by peer review.

Results and learnings

First, we shortly presented our experience from implementing peer review in course INF-20806 (Applied Information Technology): ‘tops and flops’. We selected a number of ‘issues’ that needed some (re-)thinking. Depending on the number of participants, we made groups who each tackle one or more of these issues. Each group came up with a short plan (e.g. in the form of do’s & don’ts, tips & tricks) for those issues. In the end, we came back together to present these ideas to each other. After the session, you'd have a draft plan of how to use peer review in practice.

Recommendations

Please contact me if you want to do anything like this in your own course; sjoukje.osinga@wur.nl.

Practical outcomes

A draft plan of how to use peer review in practice.