Peer Evaluation in Education Review (PEER)
Higher education teachers acquire complex assessment skills by making numerous evaluative judgements about students’ assignments each year and by constructing personalized feedback on those assignments. If we want students to develop critical thinking and autonomy in assignment production they should be provided with high-level evaluative experiences similar to those of teachers. Peer review, students evaluating and commenting on each other’s work, is the means to achieve this.
Peer review is however time-intensive and difficult to implement when student numbers are large.
This project focuses on technology-supported peer review: it will highlight its untapped potential, showcase good practice and provide guidelines for implementation.
Aims and objectives
The aims of the PEER project are to identify educational designs and evaluate software tools that support student peer-review processes, and to pilot peer review in different disciplines.
The objectives are to:
- Review the literature and identify the educational features of effective peer review.
- Map available software systems that support peer review to the educational features.
- Pilot and evaluate peer review using software in academic departments at the University of Strathclyde
- Produce guidelines for effective implementation of peer review using software with large student numbers.
- Provide evidence-based information for others wishing to implement peer review.
The PEER project has three phases. The first will involve the development of a framework and the identification of a set of educational designs for peer review as well as a mapping and evaluation of existing software systems that support peer review. The second phase will be a pilot implementation and evaluation of peer review in at least two different disciplinary areas. The third phase will involve the production of outputs, in particular, guidelines on how to implement peer review using software and a literature review. Other outputs will be produced and disseminated through the website, events and project reports.
Anticipated outputs and outcomes
The outputs of the PEER project include:
A website documenting project progress
Educational designs for peer review
Analysis of technologies available for peer review
Guidelines on how to implement peer review
Evaluation of pilot implementations including description of lessons learned
Papers in peer reviewed journals and reports.
The project will also:
Raise awareness and improve understanding of the educational benefits of peer review
Provide a framework for current and future implementations of technology-supported peer review
Provide an overview of the state-of-play of software tools for peer review
Scope future work required
Project Manager & Team
David Nicol, Project Director
Professor of Higher Education
0141 548 4060
Catherine Milligan, Project Manager
Head of Learning Technology Enhancement
0141 548 3770
Learning Technology Adviser
0141 548 3776
Learning Technology Adviser
0141 548 3190
Address for all staff:-
Centre for Academic Practice and Learning Enhancement
Graham Hills Building
University of Strathclyde
50 George Street
Glasgow G1 1QE
Fax: 0141 553 2053