Student-led peer marking criteria

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Learning by working with peers is a key to student learning. This may involve working cooperatively or collaboratively to address a problem and in this piece we refer to groups working collaboratively on a problem. Group working can present problems for students if some group members dominate the discussions and decision making or others in the group are seen as ‘freeriders’ and take a back seat. The approach asks the group itself to develop a set of criteria for assessing peer contributions. For each criteria, students are asked to define what a contribution that would be awarded excellent would look like and then define what would lead to the award of a fail grade. The task actively engages students in thinking about how to work together as a group. Revisiting the criteria during the course of the module gives space for reflection on the way that the group is working.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication100 ideas for active learning
EditorsPaolo Oprandi, Tab Betts
Place of PublicationBrighton
PublisherUniversity of Sussex Library
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9780995786271
Publication statusPublished - 20 Jul 2022


  • Peer marking
  • Groupwork
  • Teamwork
  • Assessment
  • Students as partners


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