The Self and Peer Assessment tool is designed to facilitate the objective, analytical and comprehension skills of student by providing students with the opportunity to review the work of their peers. The tool allows for the creation of an exercise composed of a variety of questions and criteria that engage the students in reflective and evaluative processes. Students can evaluate text, images, and digital based information as well. Reviewing the work of fellow students through criteria-based reference evaluation allows constructive feedback. The constructive feedback that students give to and receive from their peers can enhance their comprehension of the subject material and provide valuable insights into their own efforts.
The Self and Peer Assessment building block allows you to create an exercise composed of one or more questions, each with one or more criteria, to be presented to your students for completion and evaluation. These tests, along with their questions and criteria, are exported and then imported for later use.
Questions provide structure and content to the assessment. They can be simple (“What is 2 plus 2?”) or complex (“Describe the main reason for the fall of the Roman Empire.”).
The criteria accompanying each question provides the means to evaluate the responses to those questions. The number or criteria can also range from one (“Did the answer = 4?”) to many:
Does the response place the issue within the broader context of the subject?
Is the response well organized and clearly laid out?
Was the response proofread carefully? Was it free of significant grammatical, spelling, or typographical errors?