Foundation Skills/Ways of assessing student learning and providing meaningful feedback/Self-assessment and peer assessment

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Self-assessment and peer assessment

Self-assessment is increasingly being used as an assessment tool in tertiary education. This type of assessment enables students to evaluate progress with their learning. If you are to use self-assessment, then it would probably work best if you give students clear objectives (or competencies) together with explicit criteria against which to judge their performance. You may even want to involve students in of these areas (i.e. setting objectives, identifying competencies, developing criteria for judging performance).

Through self assessment people are interested in the accuracy of current self view.The students are capable of assessing their own is very usful for developing their lifeskill and knowledge.

Peer assessment involves students evaluating the work of their peers, e.g. in a group work situation. As in self-assessment, clear objectives and explicit criteria should be agreed upon beforehand. Students individually assess each other's contribution using a rubrics list of criteria. peer assessment is usually introduced infront of students before self assessment as this helps them to develop ability to give critisis for the classmates,before applying it into their own work.

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Web Resources

Weimer describes two simple self-assessment tasks in the article Student Self-Assessment: A Sample Assignment. Read this short article to get a basic idea of self-assessment.

In order to help students make judgements about their learning, you could use a rubric. A well-designed rubric makes self-assessment much simpler for the student. You can view an example of a rubric, used for self-assessment in a Design and Production programme in the Drama School at Carnegie Mellon University. such a rubric can easily be modified for use in your own context.

For more information about advantages and disadvantages of self-assessment and peer assessment, read the University of Sydney document Self and peer assessment – advantages and disadvantages.

For a more detailed resource, see the University of Waikato's booklet Assessment Matters: Self-assessment and Peer Assessment.

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Choose a course that you currently teach and describe how you could use both self-assessment and peer assessment in your course.