Supporting the learning of self and peer assessment in groupwork.

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Learning and Teaching Unit, RMIT University
Publication Type:
Conference Proceeding
Citation:
ATN Assessment Conference 2009: Assessment in Different Dimensions - Conference Proceedings, 2009, pp. 271 - 281
Issue Date:
2009-01
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The ability to assess the work of oneself and others are core attributes for professionals. The development of these attributes in our students requires the learning of self and peer evaluation, feedback, reflection and review understandings and skills. This paper discusses issues in the design and learning of self and peer assessment and the impact of a group work online tool TeCTra for Team Contribution Tracking. Since 1998, in a UTS capstone undergraduate subject with large student numbers and large group tasks, different support strategies for self and peer assessment of individual contributions have been implemented. The distribution of the students marks has markedly widened, and now more reflects the reality of differing team member contributions. This substantial change has occurred since 2004 with the use of TeCTra which supports the learning of self and peer evaluation and feedback skills when students assess individual contributions to large group projects. With funds from a 2006 Carrick/ALTC Priority Grant the tool has been further developed, pilot tested and evaluated for use in various disciplines in different Australian Universities. TeCTra is now ready for dissemination and use in national and international higher education.
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