I finally finished my essay on peer assessment, and to my relief, thereby conclude the course in university pedagogy that the University of Bergen requires new employees to take. I think it’ll be published in a report series from the University. I wrote it in Norwegian, since it’s very much set within a Norwegian context.
Basically it’s a description of the way we did peer assessment in my class last semester, with a bit of contextualisation in terms of research on assessment forms, especially peer assessment, and in terms of previous (almost non-existent) experience with peer assessment in Norway. The nursing school in Oslo uses peer assessment, a little. That’s about it, as far as I can discover. I discuss the students’ reactions and their evaluations after the process, as well as the techniques I used to encourage productive and constructive feedback.
The most interesting findings are that the students were hugely more positive to the peer assessment after experiencing it than they were beforehand. However, their social discomfort made the process touchy, and that would need to be worked on in future use of peer assessment.
I’m interested in hearing thoughts on the article, if you read it. Though I suspect my future research is more likely to be about networked art, literature and blogging than assessment techniques.