Utilizing Pedagogical Technology To Facilitate Peer Feedback And Evaluation In Hybrid Classroom | A Case Study

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Brief Abstract

When facilitating group evaluation or peer feedback activities within online environments, teachers often have to juggle between maintaining effective feedback and avoiding several issues like free-riding or disengagement. This session tackles these challenges by discussing the implementation of our tools - Peer Review and Group Member Evaluation, and how they help enhance student engagement and collaborative learning.

Extended Abstract

Assessment is at the heart of education, being a driving force behind effective learning. To craft a good assessment means to cultivate a learning environment that encourages frequent feedback, collaboration, and diverse evaluation methods. It is crucial, yet challenging to maintain the presence of these components in any learning context. Teachers often find themselves facing several pedagogical challenges, such as free-riding in group work, low feedback quality, or result-oriented assessment. Therefore, there is a need for effective, innovative practices to tackle these issues.

In this session, we will share with you how we collaborated with universities to embrace the challenge of free-riding and feedback facilitation in hybrid classrooms by implementing two FeedbackFruits tools: Peer Review and Group Member Evaluation. These tools can be integrated into the LMS and allow for feedback delivery among peers and group members. The Peer Review tool allows instructors to facilitate the peer review feedback process, from creating assignments, developing rubric / assessment criteria, assigning peer reviewers, to monitoring the deadlines. The Group Member Evaluation (GME) tool helps add structure to the evaluation process, by getting students to grade each others’ contributions anonymously based on a set of criteria set by the teacher. The teachers oversee the quality and quantity of feedback being given and intervene when needed. By utilising an algorithm that compares ratings of each student to the group average, GME allows group grades to be personalised according to individual contribution.

In this case study, students worked together on an assignment and uploaded it into the Peer Review tool. This is where students reviewed each other's work based on a list of criteria and proposed discussion questions. In the end, students evaluated their group members’ contributions using the Group Member Evaluation tool. Besides, face-to-face discussions were held in between to address feedback points, and help students to reflect and improve on their performance within the group and individually.

Are you curious about the results of our case study, and how did our tools contribute to the course success? Then join our session for in-depth sharing about an innovative approach to leverage learning technology in teaching and learning. Through interactive discussion and demonstration, you will be able to:

  1. Understand the process of facilitating peer review and group member evaluation in synchronous and asynchronous context; along with the main features of the two pedagogical tools
  2. Gain insights into the positive outcomes of peer/group assessment integration, in terms of deep learning, free-riding prevention, and group work quality
  3. Explore future implications, directions in further developing this pedagogical approach