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Peer assessment in Moodle - Leona Norris, Alison Sands, Helen Young, Caroline McNabb

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  • 1. Academic excellence for business and the professions Peer Assessment Leona Norris Senior Educational Technologist, Learning Enhancement and Development (LEaD)
  • 2. Group work can be one of the most rewarding, but also most problematic tools for teaching and learning; it demands substantial organisational resource and is often cited by students as a point of difficulty with the risk of collaborators being slow, difficult or even entirely absent. Mechanisms such as peer assessment, where students rate each other on their contribution to group work, are therefore essential for students to truly benefit and ensure that group work and marks are fair and transparent. In this way students get real value out of group work, reflecting on their contribution and ways of working together, and staff are able to get a real sense of the groups' dynamics and their impact on work submitted. For Cass Business School, previous peer assessment support meant using a variety of complicated and time consuming processes cobbled together, with room for error and very demanding in terms of resource. With the decommissioning of one of the key systems used, finding a new way to run this part of group work became essential, and the Peer assessment tool was therefore developed as a plugin for Moodle at the School’s request. We have started using this tool already, but feel that this newly developed functionality could provide substantial benefits to other institutions, giving students a more positive experience of group work without being prohibitively difficult in terms of administration. We therefore look forward to further review and evaluation to feed into the next round of improvements, as well as seeking to share the tool itself and any other experiences.
  • 3. The Peer Assessment activity is a group assignment submission combined with peer grading. For this activity, peer grading refers to the ability for students to assess the performance/contribution of their peer group, and if enabled, themselves, in relation to a group task. The group task is the file(s) submission component of the activity. The peer grading consists of a grade out of five and written comments on each student's performance. Final overall grades for each individual student are then calculated from the differential of their individual and group peer grade averages, multiplied by five, and then added to or subtracted from the overall group submission grade (out of 100).
  • 4. • Working as part of a team is an integral part of the role for many careers • Learning skills to support successful team working and build successful interpersonal relationships important part • Peer review strategy for some modules across the Specialist Masters programme • Students are asked to grade their fellow group members’ and comment on their performance • Warned to think carefully about the grades and comments given - ensure they are truthful and constructive - reviewed by lecturers • In the student's interest to engage fully in all group work • If don’t contribute effectively your peers may mark you down - potential to significantly affect your coursework grade • Complete lack of attendance or input could lead to failure in coursework component - need to retake • To ensure student’s feel comfortable grading honestly, peer assessment grades are confidential - unless the students wish to discuss amongst themselves
  • 5. 1 Students 2 Academic 3 Peer Assessment Activity How it works
  • 6. Student Group Group coursework Student A Peer grades & comments Student B Peer grades & comments Student C Peer grades & comments Student D Peer grades & comments Students DEADLINE 1. Student submission
  • 7. Student submission 1. Submit assignment (group submission) 2. For each group member, choose Peer Grade and give Feedback
  • 8. Students also feedback on their peers’ input into the assignment How student’s grade their peers 0 3 5 • No attendance at meetings. • No engagement in the project. • Does not complete assigned tasks. • No input into the assignment. NB. Any students not engaging in group assignment are to be reported to the module leader • Attends all meetings and engages enthusiastically. • Well organised and motivated. • Able to negotiate with and motivate others. • Contributes effectively and shows creativity and initiative. • Significant and valuable input into the assignment.
  • 9. Grading criteria Attendance at meetings, carrying out designated tasks, dealing with problems. Effectiveness in meetings, negotiation with the group, communication between meetings, providing feedback. Skills in self organisation, ability to organise others, planning, setting targets, keeping to deadlines. Motivation, creativity, initiative during the project. Contribution to meetings, clarity of the work submitted, objective quality of the work submitted. Anything above and beyond the expected contribution that really improved the project and was outstanding in terms of creativity, quality, and/or work load. Co-operation Communication Organisation Enthusiasm Actual contribution Remarkable achievement Students not grading the academic content but input to the project as a whole
  • 10. Submission summary 3. Check summary and save Who hasn’t submitted Peer grade and feedback summary 4. Summary and ability to edit submission (before the deadline)
  • 11. Student Group Group coursework Student A Peer grades & comments Student B Peer grades & comments Student C Peer grades & comments Student D Peer grades & comments Students DEADLINE Deadline passes
  • 12. Student A’s Peer Grade Avg Peer grade average calculation Student B’s Peer Grade Student C’s Peer Grade Student D’s Peer Grade Number of Student A’s Peer Grades Group Peer Grade Avg Student B’s Peer Grades Total Student C’s Peer Grade Total Student D’s Peer Grade Total Student A’s Peer Grades Total Number of Peer Grades
  • 13. Individual and group averages Student’s Peer Grade Average Group Peer Grade Average
  • 14. Student Group Group coursework Student A Peer grades & comments Student B Peer grades & comments Student C Peer grades & comments Student D Peer grades & comments Academic Grade group coursework Students Academic DEADLINE 2. Academic grading
  • 15. Group coursework grade 3. Add coursework grade and feedback 2. View students’ peer grades with averages and feedback 1. Choose group to grade
  • 16. Student Group Group coursework Student A Peer grades & comments Student B Peer grades & comments Student C Peer grades & comments Student D Peer grades & comments Academic Grade group coursework PA Activity Calculates Student A grade PA Activity Calculates Student B grade PA Activity Calculates Student C grade PA Activity Calculates Student D grade Students Academic PA Activity DEADLINE 3. Calculate final peer grade
  • 17. Student A’s Peer Grade Avg Student A’s Coursework Grade Reduces Group Peer Grade Avg Student A’s Peer Grade Avg Student A’s Coursework Grade Increases Group Peer Grade Avg Student A’s Peer Grade Avg Student A’s Coursework Grade Group Peer Grade Avg Final peer grade calculation
  • 18. Final grades Students’ peer grades, individual average peer grade and feedback Group average peer grade Calculated grades Group coursework grade
  • 19. Export group grades to CSV Ability to export individual group’s grades
  • 20. Other supporting processes 1. Resolve within the group 2. Can’t resolve – Module Leader or Course Director 3. Remains unresolved – Peer Assessment Review Panel Moderation Grades and comments are reviewed and moderated to ensure fairness. Peer Assessment Review Panels can also be requested by lecturers if grading is out of line with the norm as part of the moderation process. Dealing with group problems
  • 21. Feedback from staff and students
  • 22. Future improvements
  • 23. Questions