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Self and Peer Assessment

Designing for self and peer assessment

The application of educational technology is only as good as the pedagogy that underpins its use.

Checklist for designing and implementing self and peer assessment

If you are considering that your students and unit might benefit from having self and peer assessment (SPA) tasks or activities, or alternatively, if you’d like to ensure your current SPA practice is achieving the desired outcomes, this checklist is a great starting point.

Developed by Deakin researchers, this framework identifies six design clusters to consider:

  • Decisions concerning the use of peer assessment
  • Link between peer assessment and other elements in the learning environment

  • Interaction between peers

  • Composition of assessment groups

  • Management of the assessment procedure

  • Contextual elements

Each cluster is further broken up into design elements – 19 in total. While the 19 design elements might seem a lot to consider, many will be easy to answer and help you understand what, if any, modifications or changes you might need to consider to ensure an optimum learning experience for your students.

To get an idea of how you might like to use this checklist the source article, A framework for designing, implementing, communicating and researching peer assessment, gives examples of how these elements have been applied across three different units and degree types.

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