Thursday, October 22, 2015

Peer-assessment in higher education

pier After my mini-rant yesterday, here's a new review article on peer-assessment in higher education. In my view the author is possibly too circumspect in his conclusions - if a student wrote this for me I'd tell them to get off the fence. However, he does us a service by pointing out that peer assessment isn't necessarily a magic bullet that will save staff time. Too darn right. Nevertheless, this is a very useful bibliography for those of us convinced that peer assessment has to be the future of higher education but are struggling to make it work.

Peer-assessment in higher education – twenty-first century practices, challenges and the way forward. Assessment & Evaluation in Higher Education 19 Oct 2015 doi: 10.1080/02602938.2015.1100711
Peer assessment in higher education has been studied for decades. Despite the substantial amount of research carried out, peer assessment has yet to make significant advances. This review identifies themes of recent research and highlights the challenges that have hampered its advance. Most of these challenges arise from the manual nature of peer assessment practices, which prove intractable as the number of students involved increases. Practitioners of the discipline are urged to forge affiliations with closely related fields and other disciplines, such as computer science, in order to overcome these challenges.

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

PeerMark Frustration


Frustration because it's so close to being a brilliant tool, apart from being mind-blowingly complex to set up (which means that few will use it).

Sadly, as reported, it is buggy as hell generating dozens of emails from students :-(