Peer Assessment (PA)

Peer assessment can help hone students’ feedback skills, improve teamwork, and increase collaboration.


Peer assessment of other students' assignments

This refers to students providing feedback on other students' assignments to help them improve their work. This feedback may or may not involve a grade. When properly implemented, PA can be a reliable and valid method of assessment.

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Discover strategies to implement PA, support students in giving peer feedback, and foster students' buy-in

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Assignment examples

Use these examples as inspiration for guiding questions, rubrics, checklists and rating scales


Peer assessment of contributions to teamwork

This refers to having students assess peers’ contributions to teamwork as well as their behaviour throughout the completion of the assignment. PA of teamwork has the potential not only to mitigate challenges associated with students working in groups, such as “social loafing,” but also develop students’ collaboration and negotiation skills.

What does teamwork look like? How can students develop their feedback skills to support teamwork? This brief TLS video addresses how peer assessment can support productive and harmonious team experiences by making students accountable to their team members.

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Resource document

Learn how to use PA of teamwork to foster students' productive and collegial work in teams and minimize conflict

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PA and grading

This spreadsheet can help you factor peer assessment into an assignment grade

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Cases of Peer Assessment at McGill: Blog Series

A number of instructors at McGill have generously shared their reflections on integrating peer assessment in their courses.

 


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