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360° peer assessment: improving reliability and engagement

Garcia-Souto, P; Hughes, G; Tughral, U; Yerworth, R; Gibson, A; (2015) 360° peer assessment: improving reliability and engagement. Presented at: UCL Teaching and Learning Conference 2015, London, UK. Green open access

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Abstract

A new more rigorous method for peer-assessment was designed and trialled, aiming to improve the student’s learning experience at UCL and IOE. The “360 degree peer assessment” process involves peers firstly marking and giving feedback to pieces of work and secondly being assessed by the recipients of the feedback on the quality of their marking. The peer marking is anonymous. Tutors monitor the process, but only need to intervene and moderate marks if the recipient disputes the mark and feedback, or if there is disparity of marks for one given piece of work. This approach was trialled with two undergraduate Biomedical engineering modules over four assignments and with one postgraduate education module. The benefits we found for this method include formalising the process for dealing with disputes in peer assessment and improving reliability. Undergraduate students also reported dedicating more time to peer assessment, they learnt more about the assessment process and were motivated to read feedback. The postgraduate students were motivated to undertake peer assessment but remained concerned about reliability and they did not appreciate that teacher moderation would occur when needed. The system is still under development. We aim to develop this methodology and use it increasingly in other modules and disciplines, explore for which types of coursework this approach is most suitable, and assess impact on student and staff workload. The authors want to thank to the IOE/UCL Strategic Partnership Teaching and Learning Fund and the Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering Department UCL who partially funded this project.

Type: Conference item (Presentation)
Title: 360° peer assessment: improving reliability and engagement
Event: UCL Teaching and Learning Conference 2015
Location: London, UK
Dates: 13 April 2015
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Publisher version: https://www.ucl.ac.uk/teaching-learning/news-event...
Keywords: 360PA
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education > IOE - Education, Practice and Society
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science > Dept of Med Phys and Biomedical Eng
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10063015
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