Module J: Using ICT to Facilitate Peer Feedback


If we are to encourage students to own the learning and develop a clear understanding of how to produce quality work, we must provide opportunities for students to evaluate their own and others' work. Peer learning is a ‘two-way reciprocal learning activity’ (Boud et al., 2001, p. 3).

If students are to assess each other's work effectively and reliably, then teachers need to provide explicit scaffolds and marking criteria. Using technology to facilitate peer feedback is a powerful way to encourage rich conversations and ongoing communication about what constitutes quality work. Students are able to share knowledge, ideas and experiences. When they are provided with the right tools to assess learning, their feedback can be more honest and insightful than teachers.

Using Technology
There are number of ways that you can use technology to facilitate peer feedback.

1. Google Docs: Your students can create work collaboratively and provide ongoing feedback to each other.
2. Class Wiki or Blog: Each student can have their own page where they upload their work and all students provide feedback.
3. Edmodo:Create an Edmodo site -
http://www.edmodo.com/ - for your class where students can upload work and evaluate the work. You can create polls and surveys.
4. Voicethread: Referred to as 'conversations in the cloud' -
http://voicethread.com/. Students can chat in real time or type in comments.
5. Fakebook: Students can have online discussions about issues or current texts and challenge opinions.
http://classtools.net/fb/home/page

Readings
Excellent article on online peer feedback
Peer Assessment suggestions
Assessment for Learning