Danny Carroll and Peter McGuinn, Australian School of Business
Danny Carroll and Peter McGuinn of the The Australian School of Business will present on ASB trials with criteria based feedback and peer assessment systems, ReView and webPA. Both systems are achieving efficiencies for academics and providing timely feedback to students.
The ReView software provides an online interface for criteria based marking and commenting on student work. ASB academics have noted numerous time-saving and quality improvement features have resulted from using the system. The criteria based approach benefits students by providing clear guidelines on what is valued and being assessed by academics. The student self assessment option in the software reinforces the formation of reflective practice and critique of their efforts. Additionally the software maps course based assessments back to program Learning Goals and make this explicit to students; further reinforcing the idea that Graduate Attribute formation is embedded in our courses.
Academics frequently complain of the difficulty of assessing the relative contributions of team members to group work. The webPA software does one thing; it allows students to rate their group members against criteria you create. This could be their relative contribution, effort, organisation, quality of work etc. Students can be allowed to self assess against these criteria as well and feedback to peers is optional and can be set to be anonymous. On the back end, webPA compiles spreadsheets of the base data and academics can then decide on normalising (or changing) the students individual marks up or down from the group mark, based on either the inbuilt webPA algorithim or their own system.
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