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Uses of peer assessment in database teaching and learning

Paterson, J. and Wilson, J. N. and Leimich, P. (2012) Uses of peer assessment in database teaching and learning. In: Data security and security data. Lecture Notes in Computer Science . Springer-Verlag Berlin, Berlin, pp. 135-146. ISBN 9783642257032

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Abstract

This discussion paper introduces three very different methods and contexts for the use of peer assessment in introductory database classes, each of which is supported by different learning software tools. In the first case study, at Glasgow Caledonian University, Contributing Student Pedagogy is used, where students contribute to the learning of others through the collaborative creation of a bank of self-assessment questions. This is supported by the Peerwise software tool. Secondly, at the University of Strathclyde, students undertake formative assessment of others in providing feedback on an initial element of a larger coursework assessment. A number of virtual learning environments (VLEs) are capable of supporting this method through customisable discussion fora. Finally, at the University of Abertay Dundee, peer and self assessment are used in a group project to adjust the group grade for individual students. This is effected through the use of the WebPA software tool.