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September 30, 2021

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How to develop student employability skills

Employers want graduates who are work-ready. The work-ready soft skills most in demand include teamwork and collaboration, leadership, interpersonal, and communication skills. The ability to give and receive feedback is a paramount component of collaborative teamwork. Unfortunately, many teachers don’t teach these skills in university courses. Quite often we simply hope that students develop these skills on...

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September 10, 2021

by Patrick Dodd

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What is the benefit of a standardized peer assessment rubric?

Following up on the blog post in which we presented the peer assessment rubric that is used by Peer Assess Pro, we have received a number of educators asking if they can add/remove questions to the Peer Assess Pro survey. The short answer to that is no. We chose to keep a standardised peer assessment rubric for...

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August 20, 2021

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Teammate Peer Assessment Rubric

If you find this rubric helpful, you can access a Google docs version of the Teammate Peer Assessment Rubric here. Glossary Crucial Conversations = create a new level of bonding and are able to transform people, situations and relationships. Objectives = are the actions or activities involved in achieving a goal. Outcomes = are what you want...

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June 9, 2021

by Patrick Dodd

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Why Peer Assessment?

[embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z5ZMCNJsr0o&list=PLrrxmJ7TOi8MG7zO6yPyxklvneFqdPfzO&index=2[/embed] There are both benefits and drawbacks to using group assignments in teaching. Some students loathe group assignments because they must deal with dysfunctional team behaviours such as freeloaders, dominators and blockers. From a teacher’s viewpoint, students benefit from exposure to different perspectives, they can perform at higher intellectual levels and they are given the opportunity to...

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April 28, 2021

by Patrick Dodd

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Is peer assessment valid for determining individual grades in group work?

Peter Mellalieu is the Chief Technologist for Peer Assess Pro Ltd. Teachers have long used group projects to improve students teamwork skills and future-ready employability. Furthermore, teammate peer assessment is increasingly adopted to improve the fairness of the grades awarded for a group project and to minimise the risk of freeloading and other dysfunctional teamwork behaviours (Dodd...

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February 28, 2021

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How to build effective teams

What are the components of an effective group? Why do some groups thrive while others fail? Google’s People Operations Department wanted answers to these questions and commissioned a research project to find out.  After several years of research and studying their own teams, Google’s research team found that while there are several behaviours that are important for...

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February 5, 2021

by Patrick Dodd

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Why do we do group assignments?

Assigning group work in higher education isn’t about reducing the grading workload for teachers. When done right, group work can be a powerful teaching tool.  There are four key benefits of why educators should assign group work:  Enable students to perform at higher intellectual levels  Provide exposure to new and different perspectives   Achieve higher personal satisfaction  Prepare students...

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November 15, 2020

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The 5 pillars of effective group assignments

“Collaborative learning teaches students to work together when the stakes are relatively low so that they can work together effectively later on when the stakes are high,” Kenneth Bruffee. There are many benefits to effective group work. Kenneth Bruffee summarises one key benefit well. The ability to work collaboratively is not an innate skill. It must be...

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October 30, 2020

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Four steps for holding courageous conversations in your classroom

When conducting group work, it’s essential to give feedback early in the project. This gives students time to improve before their final mark is provided at the end of the term. The most valuable feedback a student can receive when conducting group work is not from an educator, however, it is from their peers. What’s the issue...

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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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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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