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Oral
July 27, 2016 10:20 - 11:50

Training in Peer Assessment Affects the Validity of Assessments

[Speaker] Graf, Peter:1
[Co-author] Rawn, Catherine:1, Fergusson, Janel:1, Crease-lark, Michelle:1
1:University of British Columbia (Canada)

Peer assessment -- the assessment of student work by other students -- is a method for achieving several desirable outcomes including increased student engagement in learning, and enhanced proficiency in the broad range of skills required for the critical analysis and evaluation of the work of others. We have developed an online workshop for training students in introductory psychology classes on how to assess peer essays in a valid and reliable manner. To evaluate its influence on the validity and reliability of peer assessments, 1/3 of the students in two large introductory psychology classes completed the on-line workshop before they wrote a required course essay, 1/3 completed it after they submitted their essay but before they assessing any peer written essays, and the final 1/3 completed the workshop at the end of the course. The results show that the workshop influenced students' perception and acceptance of peer written essays.
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