Best Practice – Use Short Answer Quizzes For Peer Assessment of Groups

Peer AssessmentOne of the more challenging things to do when teaching online is to assess group work.  Aside from checking in on group Discussion Boards/Assignments and chat recordings, it can be hard to know where the group members stand in terms of load distribution. With large classes, having weekly or even monthly synchronous group meetings might be logistically impossible.

One way to gauge how students are performing in groups according to their peers is to employ a “Peer Assessment Quiz“.  This quiz should include short answer questions, where students are asked to enter each group member’s name and rate their participation. There should also be a way to leave comments for each group member.

This best practice can help prompt your students to take a more collaborative involved role in their course groups/teams.

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