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Alternative terms: assessment by fellow students, 180 degree feedback, peer review

What is it?

  • You give an assessment of a fellow student or students.
  • This is a critical assessment of a product, performance, skill or process (not the person).
  • By assessing others, you learn what you can improve about yourself and reflect upon what is correct.
  • Long term: you learn to independently evaluate your own work
  • Peer assessment is mostly intended as a diagnostic instrument to help students learn from one another.

What is tested?

  • Your ability to assess whether a product or performance complies with the criteria.
  • Your ability to provide feedback to fellow students to enable them to make improvements.
  • Further objectives of this test include:
    * Giving you greater insight into the meaning of the assessment criteria and how you apply these criteria. * Teaching you to justify work based on criteria or standards, which gives you a keener eye for the quality of products, actions and processes.
    * Encourages development-oriented examination of your own performance and the performance of others.
  • You assess a fellow student's product. This is often done during the draft phase so adjustments can still be made.
  • Your assessment of the process or performance of fellow group members is mostly discussed during and after the performance of the assignment.
  • The lecturer can use your assessment when determining a final mark for the fellow student or group member(s) that you assessed.
  • Alternatively, your assessment can be used to underpin and explain to the recipient why their product or performance does/does not comply with the assessment criteria.

How will I be tested?

  • The feedback you give is assessed regarding whether it was useful to the recipient and contributes to changeimprovement to the product or performance.

  • The most important factor is that your judgement complies with the predefined criteria and that you can explain why this is or is not the case.
  • These criteria can be established by you and your fellow students, by the lecturer or in collaboration.
  • The lecturer will assess whether your feedback method is suitable with the assessment criteria set and examines the other student's work to see if he/she responded to your feedba

How will I be assessed?

  • Generally, you are not awarded a mark for your assessment, but you do receive constructive feedback.
  • Sometimes, your assessment counts towards 50% of your final mark. In this case, you will receive one mark for your own performance/product/skill/process and one mark for the assessment of your fellow student. An average of both marks will then be taken to give the final mark. In that case, both marks must be 5 or above in order to compensate each other.

What feedback will I receive?

Feedback from fellow student(s):

  • Has the student complied with the assessment criteria?
  • How so?/Why not?
  • How is this made evident?
  • Is the recipient student satisfied with the feedback you have given?
  • What can the recipient student do with the feedback received?

Feedback from the lecturer:

  • Has the student complied with the assessment criteria?
  • How so?/Why not?
  • How is this made evident?

How do I prepare for the test?

  • Carefully examine what is expected of you.
  • Discuss the criteria with fellow students.
  • Assessment is a skill. Train yourself and your fellow students to create and apply criteria and develop the way you all give feedback.
  • Write a first draft containing the points you wish to include in your assessment.
  • Subsequently, write your definitive assessment and/or prepare the interview.
  • Ask the recipient student whether the assessment was useful and what he/she will do with the feedback provided.
  • Ensure that you assess different students rather than the same student every time.

How can I achieve the highest score possible?

  • Practise with your fellow students.
  • The recipient must be able to make use of your judgement. You must therefore be honest, critical and businesslike
  • Ask the recipient if he/she found your feedback to be useful. If so, what is he/she going to do with it?
  • Peer assessment is also used by lecturers as a way to promote the learning process. The goal is to train skills such as evaluation and argumentation.

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