Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Self-assessment (not)

Teaching in Higher Education At our monthly PedR meeting yesterday, we discussed Maddalena Taras' paper Student self-assessment: processes and consequences. (2010) Teaching in Higher Education 15(2):199-209. This is an excellent paper, although I do have an issue with her use of the term "self-assessment" for what most people, myself included, would call reflection. That point aside, the similarities between the proposed "Strongest model of self-assessment, Learning contract design (LCD)" and our Friendfolio approach to reflection are striking. Although we do not allow students to decide what, when and how to learn, weekly objectives, peer feedback, original, reviewed objectives and methods on display at the public notice board are pretty much an exact description of how we have implemented Friendfolios.