There has long been a call from employers to develop graduates soft skills in addition to the traditional academic competencies. In recent years, the call for developing graduates’ soft skills is being realised through wider adoption of team-based pedagogies. Several challenges related to formative and summative assignment now arise as teachers increasingly adopt team based pedagogies such as project-based learning and action learning. Specifically, in terms of summative assessment, how can a teacher quantify an appropriate contribution mark for each member of the team? Equally important, as a team proceeds to work together, how can the team be supported to improve team members’ contribution to team effectiveness in a proactive manner that will contribute to an improved end-of-semester outcome?
Peer Assess Pro, is a system designed to enhance the effectiveness of student team peer feedback. Peer Assess Pro provides teachers and team members with quantitative and qualitative information that enables timely, constructive conversations focused on precise pinpointing of team members strengths, weaknesses, and opportunities to improve their contribution to their teams’ achievement. Specifically, Peer Assess Pro comprises several elements:
In which students rate anonymously the relative performance of their team members across ten contribution attributes. The respondents also provide qualitative feedback on how each specific team members might improve their contribution to the team’s achievement
An analysis spreadsheet
That calculates student grades class statistical data and collates qualitative feedback
A distribution system
that enables personalised results to be emailed to each respondent.
Mellalieu, P.J., & Dodd,P(2017,April 24). Enhancing the effectiveness of students team peer feedback introducing Peer Assess Pro.