Learning and Teaching Investment Fund 2008

Summary of Projects

Project Title

Self and Peer Assessment in a Mixed – Program, Large Class Environment: A Semi-Automated Feedback Process to Improve Turnaround Time

Project Leaders

Dr Anthony Bedford, Senior Lecturer, School of Mathematical and Geospatial Sciences, anthony.bedford@rmit.edu.au , x56199

Funds Approved

$ 17,825

Summary of the project, outcomes, impacts and dissemination

To this end we trialled a wireless access to online survey system for peer assessment. This involved the use of netbooks and/or laptops in class to provide feedback to students on presentations. Using only a dozen netbooks, and the development of an online survey, we found significantly reduced turn around times in student feedback. Further, we revised the survey tool to improve the quality and variation in feedback scores returned to students. The system was well received by the students, with 100% agreeing the method provides fast feedback. GTS scores also improved. The simplicity of the system allows flexible surveys to be created to the lecturers needs with little knowledge of computer programming. Some technical competency is needed with connection to the wireless network, however more often than not the students utilise the technology elsewhere. The system is not constrained to portable computers; however the benefit of netbooks was evident when they were passed around the classroom with ease. The use of the wireless online solution is highly recommended from both the lecturer and the student. Efficiencies in time and scale were paramount. Further, validity is high given the completion of surveys on the spot. With growing importance on immediacy of feedback, this method proved a great alternative to conventional collation of information in peer and self assessment. An average twenty minute per student turn around was reduced to five.

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