Peer-Assessment and group-composition in PBL: a case study

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    The Engineering Investigation project is a second year Civil Engineering PBL project at Coventry University that presents particular challenges due to the diversity of the cohort. The project has been run for two consecutive years. In the first year of implementation students freely formed their own groups, and they coalesced around commonality: part-timers worked with part-timers, international students worked with international students, etc. This led to a very large dispersion in the marks attained. In the second year of implementation, students were allocated groups. These groups mixed part-time with full-time students, UK/EU nationals with international students and so forth. This was introduced in order to promote peer-to-peer learning. Peer-assessment was used as a tool to differentiate individuals’ contribution in both instances. A survey was carried out to investigate students’ experience with allocated groups, gauge the benefits to the learning experience and assess the perceived fairness of peer-assessment as an individualising process.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationPBL across the disciplines
    Subtitle of host publicationResearch into best practice
    EditorsJohn Davies, Erik de Graaff, Anette Kolmos
    Place of PublicationAalborg
    PublisherAalborg Universitetsforlag
    Number of pages13
    ISBN (Print)9788771120257
    Publication statusPublished - 2011
    Event3rd International Research Symposium on PBL 2011 - Coventry, United Kingdom
    Duration: 28 Nov 201129 Nov 2011
    Conference number: 3


    Conference3rd International Research Symposium on PBL 2011
    Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom


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