Uses of peer assessment in database teaching and learning

James Paterson, John N. Wilson, Petra Leimich

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    This discussion paper introduces three very different methods and contexts for the use of peer assessment in introductory database classes, each of which is supported by different learning software tools. In the first case study, at Glasgow Caledonian University, Contributing Student Pedagogy is used, where students contribute to the learning of others through the collaborative creation of a bank of self-assessment questions. This is supported by the Peerwise software tool. Secondly, at the University of Strathclyde, students undertake formative assessment of others in providing feedback on an initial element of a larger coursework assessment. A number of virtual learning environments (VLEs) are capable of supporting this method through customisable discussion fora. Finally, at the Abertay University, peer and self assessment are used in a group project to adjust the group grade for individual students. This is effected through the use of the WebPA software tool.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationData security and security data
    Subtitle of host publication27th British National Conference on Databases, BNCOD 27 Dundee, UK, June 29 – July 1, 2010 Revised Selected Papers
    EditorsLachlan M. MacKinnon
    Place of PublicationBerlin
    Number of pages12
    ISBN (Electronic)9783642257049
    ISBN (Print)9783642257032
    Publication statusPublished - 2012
    Event27th British National Conference on Databases: Data Security - Security Data - University of Abertay Dundee, Dundee, United Kingdom
    Duration: 28 Jun 201030 Jun 2010

    Publication series

    NameLecture Notes in Computer Science
    ISSN (Print)0302-9743
    ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


    Conference27th British National Conference on Databases
    Abbreviated titleBNCOD 2010
    Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom


    • Peer assessment
    • Database teaching
    • Contributing student pedagogy
    • WebPA
    • Peerwise


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