Self and peer assessment

Two students collaborating at a computerWhat is it?

"Self assessment means the process of having the learners critically reflect upon, record the progress of and perhaps suggest grades for, their own learning."

"The term peer assessment refers to the process of having the learners critically reflect upon, and perhaps suggest grades for, the learning of their peers."

(Roberts,T. Self, peer, and group assessment in e-learning, Information Science, 2006)

Why use it?

Self assessment

Peer assessment

Race, P.(2006)  The lecturer’s toolkit – a practical guide to assessment, learning and teaching Routledge

Examples

Self and peer assessment

Teaching transferable skills through online peer collaboration and assessment

How do I start using self and peer assessment?

Planning

If you are considering introducing peer and/or self assessment then firstly please refer to the workflow below  (Paul Orsmond, 2004) which provides a useful planning  framework. Further information is provided in our planning pages.

 

Tools

A range of tools can be used for self and peer assessment.  Blackboard has a self and peer assessment activity (PDF, 618kB) which provides a means to manage the workflow associated with:

These activities are grouped into two phases; 1. Submission and 2. Assessment, each of which are time-managed, as shown in the flowchart below.


What support is available?

If you would like to discuss your plans for Self and Peer assessment or need any advice please contact us.

If you require practical guidance please refer to Blackboard Help for Instructors.

Tips for successful use of self and peer assessment

 

Further information and useful links

Self and Peer Assessment, guidance on Practice in the Biosciences, Paul Orsmond, 2004 (PDF, 750kB)

The lecturer’s toolkit – a practical guide to assessment, learning and teaching,  Phil Race, 2006

Self, peer, and group assessment in e-learning, Tim Roberts, 2006