Why use peer assessment?

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There are several drivers for using peer assessment when reviewing group and team work activities.

  • Assigning one mark to a group of students for a project is inherently unfair. Students commonly complain that their contributions are not being given the credit they deserve, and group members who didn't pull their weight receive the same marks as those who contributed far more.
  • It allows academics to better grade a student's abilities against a range of key skills that will be expected to demonstrate as graduates, such as leadership, communication, report writing, etc.
  • Peer review prompts students to reflect and assess their own abilities, as well of those of their team mates.