Making peer feedback possible
Tools and scenarios
Is feedback the breakfast of champions as some say? Students are capable of giving each other high quality feedback. However, for peer feedback to work well, several aspects need consideration. For example, students need a good introduction to peer feedback exercises that answers questions such as: How much work will it be? Is there grading involved? What do I get out of it? Done thoughtfully, giving and receiving feedback can unlock incredible learning gains for students. We’ll show how ETH faculty members approach peer feedback, the tools they use (moodle and eduflow), and highlight lessons learned.
Dr. Johannes Lengler and Charlotte Knierim
Dr. Johannes Lengler and Charlotte Knierim (D-INFK) are part of the teaching teams for the first-year courses “Algorithmen und Datenstrukturen” and “Algorithmen und Wahrscheinlichkeit” in D-INFK (ETHZ). Since the Bachelor’s program was restructured in 2017, peer feedback (students grading their peers’ solutions) has been an integral part of the courses. They have gained some practical experience with several implementations of peer grading: more or less intensive monitoring from TAs, via paper or moodle, and they will talk about their rather positive experiences.
Dr. Erik Jentges
Dr. Erik Jentges (D-MTEC) is the D-MTEC Educational Developer and demonstrates a peer feedback exercise designed with the Eduflow activity in Moodle. He’ll draw on experiences from the lecture “Corporate Sustainability” at D-MTEC, which was shortlisted for the KITE award in 2018.
Dr. Réka Mihalka
Dr. Rekà Mihalka (Language Center of the University of Zurich and ETH Zurich), a keen advocate of peer review, will explain how to set the process up on Moodle as a forum activity. This is a simple yet promising solution, which may be suitable in diverse settings. At the end of the presentation, we will compare the pros and cons of Eduflow, the workshop activity, and the forum activity.