Peer assessment is the assessment of students' work by their peers against set assessment criteria. By assessing or evaluating each other’s work, students take up the role of appraisers and, over time, acquire the skills they need to make judgements on their own work. In general, there are two types of peer assessments:
- Assessment of team contribution in group work - members of a group assess the performance of their peers in terms of their contribution to the group's work.
- Assessment of coursework undertaken by other students - students provide feedback / grades on their peers' work.
In either case, self-assessment may be included as part of peer assessment. Self-assessment requires students to reflect on their own work and judge how well they have performed in relation to the assessment criteria. Developing reflective skills provides students with the ability to consider their own performance and to identify their strengths, weaknesses, and areas that require improvement. Students can then to use this knowledge to influence their future work, whether on a programme of study or in employment.
Moodle has two peer assessment activities and also the Database and Forum activity which can be used to support Peer Assessment. Our Peer Assessment Guide outlines the functionality of each activity to help you select a tool that meets your requirements.