Want to try student peer review in your class? Check out these resources.

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What is student peer review?

Student peer review, sometimes called peer editing, is a teaching strategy that requires students to provide constructive feedback on each other’s work. Here are some resources to get started:

  1. Introducing Students to Peer Review of Writing
    Richard Chisholm introduces peer review to his students by first having them practice on a piece of his own writing.
  2. How to Plan and Guide In-Class Peer-Review Sessions – Washington University in St. Louis
    This guide provides guidance on how peer review can fit into your syllabus from the scheduling to the grading.
  3. Using Peer Review to Help Students Improve Their Writing – Washington University in St. Louis

Already using peer review? Consult these resources on how to improve the process.

  1. Improving Student Peer Feedback [StarID required to access]
    Linda Nilson describes the potential pitfalls of peer review and offers advice on overcoming the challenges.
  2. Peer Editing Could Use Some Revision [StarID required to access]
    Trela Anderson describes how to improve peer editing and decrease student frustration.

What about you?

  • How would you prepare your students for peer review?
  • How could peer review improve your students’ learning?
  • Would peer review increase or decrease your grading load?

About the Author: Robin Ewing is an Associate Professor in the library and is currently the assessment librarian.

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