Technology-Enhanced Peer Review: Benefits and Implications of Providing Multiple Reviews

Pantelis M. Papadopoulos1, Thomas D. Lagkas, Stavros N. Demetriadis3, Educational Technology & Society, Jul 10, 2017
Commentary by Stephen Downes

As the literature review makes clear, studies of online peer reviews are a dime a dozen. This one is a bit different, though. The proposition being tested here is whether students can improve their own self-assessment by participating in a peer review process. Not surprisingly, they can, even when no external reviewers review the student's work. Because the study is so small (n=36) the detailed statistical analysis of the results is purely an academic exercise. It would be interesting to see this work replicated with a significant population, but the mechanics of academic funding ensure we almost certainly never will.

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