Involving Students in Peer Review

This guide has been developed as a resource for teaching staff and course/subject coordinators who are considering integrating student peer review in their subjects. While the case studies and tools described in this booklet are specific to the University of Melbourne, the discussion has broad applicability and relevance to other higher education institutions in Australia and abroad.

The guide is organised into four sections. The first section briefly reviews theoretical work on peer review in higher education. This is followed by a section illustrating how academics in different discipline areas have taken diverse approaches to incorporating student peer review in their teaching, and a section discussing the benefits and issues in implementing student peer review. The last section presents an overview of online tools that are currently available to academics for managing student peer reviews.

Author: Jon Pearce, Raoul Mulder and Chi Baik

Published: 2009

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A co-designer of the award-winning peer review system PRAZE, in the video below, Raoul Mulder outlines the benefits for students in engaging in anonymous peer review processes. Reviewing others' work can directly inspire learning by, among other things, building students' confidence, aiding in engagement with course content and generating dialogue between students.

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