Coursework Peer Reviews Increase Students’ Motivation and Quality of Learning
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This chapter reports about a pedagogical experiment at Zaporozhye National University (ZNU) aiming at improving students’ motivation and learning quality in our Computer Science Bachelor program. The major novelty in teaching and learning practice introduced in the experiment was the use of peer evaluation for the assessment of coursework reports in two disciplines – one in the second and the other in the fourth year of study. The results were compared to the historical data collected in the previous 3-4 years for which traditional assessment by instructors was applied. Our experiment proved that constructively exploiting students’ aspirations for informal leadership and incurred competition is effective and yields some increase in motivation to learn and learning quality. The assessments were also subjectively regarded as more clear and better justified by the students involved in the experiment. A good side effect is also that the students learn the working patterns broadly used by professionals in their field in academia and industry for making qualitative and unbiased peer evaluations.
KeywordsIncentive motivation learning quality peer evaluation Computer Science Bachelor program coursework
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