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Reduce Free Riding

Introducing peer assessment into your team projects will help your students work more effectively and efficiently. Specifically, the rates of social loafing, the bane of all team projects, have been demonstrated to diminish when a peer assessment component has been incorporated into team projects (Karau & Williams, 1993). In fact, if students know that their performance on a group project is going to be evaluated by their peers, studies found increased rates of group sharing, cooperation, and team performance (Erez, LePine, and Elms 2002).

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