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Helping Students to Provide Effective Peer Feedback

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2017 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Columbus, Ohio

Publication Date

June 24, 2017

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June 24, 2017

End Date

June 28, 2017

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Tips and Tricks for Assessing Student Performance

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New Engineering Educators

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Edward F. Gehringer North Carolina State University

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Dr. Gehringer is an associate professor in the Departments of Computer Science, and Electrical & Computer Engineering. His research interests include computerized assessment systems, and the use of natural-language processing to improve the quality of reviewing. He teaches courses in the area of programming, computer architecture, object-oriented design, and ethics in computing.

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Peer review is becoming more common across the curriculum. But, if it is to be effective, students need to know how to provide effective feedback. It is important to construct a rubric that draws students’ attention to the important points of the work they are reviewing. But that is not enough; students also need instruction in how to provide comments that their peers can and will use in revising their work. This involves learning how to provide constructive suggestions. It also means understanding the way the author will react to the review, and using gentle enough terminology so that the words do not get in the way of understanding the reviewer’s advice. Authors can also help reviewers learn the ropes by giving them feedback on the effectiveness of reviews of their work.

Gehringer, E. F. (2017, June), Helping Students to Provide Effective Peer Feedback Paper presented at 2017 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Columbus, Ohio. 10.18260/1-2--28434

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