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Online self and peer assessment in large, multi-campus, multi-cohort contexts

Fermelis, Jan, Tucker, Richard and Palmer, Stuart 2007, Online self and peer assessment in large, multi-campus, multi-cohort contexts, in Ascilite 2007 : ICT: Providing Choices for Learners and Learning, ASCILITE, Singapore, pp. 271-281.

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Title Online self and peer assessment in large, multi-campus, multi-cohort contexts
Author(s) Fermelis, Jan
Tucker, Richard
Palmer, Stuart
Conference name Conference of the Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education (24th : 2007 : Singapore)
Conference location Singapore
Conference dates 2-5 December 2007
Title of proceedings Ascilite 2007 : ICT: Providing Choices for Learners and Learning
Editor(s) Atkinson, Roger
Publication date 2007
Conference series Conference of the Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education
Start page 271
End page 281
Publisher ASCILITE
Place of publication Singapore
Keyword(s) team work
group work
self and peer assessment
SAPA
assessment tools
Summary The increasing use of team assignments within higher education is well documented. The driving forces behind this include desires to facilitate reflective and collaborative learning, to develop generic teamwork skills for graduate employment and to reduce the grading workloads of faculty staff. Students however consistently report dissatisfaction when the assessment of team assignments produces a common grade for all team members. Self-andpeer-assessment (SAPA) is presented as a fair, valid and reliable method of producing information about ongoing team processes. This information can provide ongoing feedback to team members and rich formative data to instructors attempting to assess the team process and students’ teamwork skills. This data can also enable individualised summative assessment in dysfunctional teams or situations of uneven team member contributions. Whilst manual SAPA protocols can work effectively for smaller classes, computer-assisted SAPA offers a solution to the problems of large classes. This paper reports on the early stages of an online SAPA tool, originally developed for small classes of architecture students, adapted for use by very large business communication classes comprising up to 1000 students in a semester. This large unit is delivered on four Australian campuses as well as off-campus and in off-shore mode, by up to fourteen instructors at any one time. The paper documents how three researchers from very different backgrounds worked to create their own research team, implement a pilot study, and adapt the online tool, whilst adhering to comparability of assessment constraints and maintaining integrity of research design.
ISBN 9810595794
9789810595791
Language eng
Field of Research 130303 Education Assessment and Evaluation
Socio Economic Objective 970113 Expanding Knowledge in Education
HERDC Research category E1 Full written paper - refereed
ERA Research output type E Conference publication
Copyright notice ©2007, ASCILITE
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30008127

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