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June 13, 2020

by Patrick Dodd

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Accountability: The Key to Successful Group Assignments

When we first introduce the group assignment to our students we establish our expectation for professional teamwork delivered by all teammates. We emphasise that we will adjust individual grades fairly, proportional to the peer-assessed contribution of each teammate to their team's delivered outputs. In short, we let the students know that we will be holding them accountable...

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May 1, 2020

by Patrick Dodd

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Virtual teamwork – Getting learning right in the age of lockdown

The ‘digital future has zoomed into reality’ as Enda Curran writes in Bloomberg. However, some teachers are challenged to deploy group assignments when their students are physically isolated. Furthermore, some students may be constrained in their ability to use virtual teaming and related digital technologies. Nevertheless, we suggest that in higher education, building students’ competence working together in...

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April 23, 2020

by Patrick Dodd

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Feature Update

Peer Assess Pro has just released a new version update. The key software features are more comprehensive email notifications, a survey notifications history, and auto-selection of the Normalised Personal Result when you enter your team results. Comprehensive email notifications The information in email notifications to students and teachers has been improved. For each notification to both students...

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February 25, 2020

by Patrick Dodd

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Teammate peer assessment: A fast, fly-past

[embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bu_aUSA0Pvc&list=PLrrxmJ7TOi8OFSeWaDKoxlKaF5B2fk6ay[/embed] In situations of group work, how do we - Raise group members’ employability competencies - Minimise free-riding - Identify dysfunctional team behaviour - Calculate a fair grade or bonus based on contribution, leadership, and teamwork? We propose that conducting at least two peer assessments, one formative then one summative is the best practice solution for raising...

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August 10, 2019

by Patrick Dodd

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The Positive Feedback Loop that Improves Team Effectiveness

The reinforcing effect of peer feedback on team effectiveness, academic performance and employability in student teams Teamwork is often used in academic settings to help improve students’ academic performance whilst developing valued career-ready competencies such as teamwork, communications, project management and leadership[1]. These academic and employability benefits do not arise spontaneously just because students are working on...

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August 9, 2019

by Patrick Dodd

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Better teams from peer assessment and feedback

How does peer assessment and feedback contribute to better team results and raised employability? Our three-stage model of the feedback process suggests four factors are in play: Academic achievement (Team and personal results), Perceptions of fairness, and employability. Stage 1 Traditional group project In the traditional group project, all team members usually share the same team result,...

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May 16, 2019

by Patrick Dodd

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Using Google Docs to Improve Group Projects

Do your student group projects always work out as you intended? Unfortunately, as many students will tell you, group projects rarely live up to their potential. I believe that one of the main reasons that group projects fall flat is that many educators do not take an active role in managing the group project from start to...

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May 4, 2019

by Patrick Dodd

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Point: The case against group projects

I came across an article from THE MASSACHUSETTS DAILY COLLEGIAN titled "Point: The case against group projects" with the subheadline, "Students are not individually accountable". The author does present a very strong case against group projects with the main argument being: "...there is strong incentive for freeloading and one or two people end up doing the majority...

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May 4, 2019

by Patrick Dodd

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Now available from Xorro: Peer Assessment for Group Projects

Xorro announces the launch of its new Peer Assessment solution, developed in partnership with Peer Assess Pro. The new Peer Assessment activity helps instructors working with teams and workgroups to use peer feedback for development and assessment purposes. Team members provide both developmental feedback and quantitative ratings on a range of questions for each of their peers. The...

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September 11, 2017

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Sneak Peak of Latest Release – Peer Assess Pro V.14

As my ‘early adopters’ of Peer Assess Pro™ here’s a sneak early release of the new version 14… all tested and ready for you to launch. Peer Assess Pro User Guide: Web Version New features in version 14 The many new features Version 14 are listed in Section 15. New features (The link is to the WEB...

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peer assessment for Team Projects

Peer Assess Pro enhances the fairness and effectiveness of team work using teammate peer assessment. Peer Assess Pro provides team members with personal reports that encourage timely, constructive conversations around team members’ strengths, and opportunities to improve a member’s contribution to their team’s future achievement.

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