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Why Instructors Should Promote More Peer Review

The phrase ‘faster isn’t always better’ wasn’t intended to describe the ongoing assessment debate in education, but it certainly applies. Standardized tests are easier to grade and allow for a quicker turnaround, but that doesn’t mean they’re the most effective form of assessment. When educators opt for the easier and faster approach to evaluation, students often miss out on potential learning opportunities. Peer review is one such opportunity, and it represents one of the most underappreciated aspects of authentic assessment.

Increased Retention

While providing feedback should largely remain one of the instructor’s duties, sharing some of that responsibility with students through peer review and self-critique can benefit them greatly. Numerous studies have shown the correlation between spaced repetition and information retention. When students participate in review sessions on a consistent basis, not only do they see the material more often, but they also have multiple chances to reinforce their knowledge through application. This practice leads to a higher rate of retention.

Student Engagement

Peer review is also a great way to engage students. Because they’re involved in the reviewing process, students often feel more invested in the lesson because they have more control over the learning outcome. Students also get a chance to read different perspectives on a certain subject, which typically leads to more meaningful dialogue with their peers and instructor.

Soft Skill Development

Students also develop important soft skills as part of these interactions. In a typical peer review session, instructors divide students into small groups where they collaborate and judge each other’s assignments or presentations. This is an opportunity for students to practice their public speaking, use critical thinking to determine comprehension, and communicate their feedback to the presenter in an effective way. These are all skills employers value in the workplace.

Bongo’s platform lets instructors set up peer review activities where students can evaluate assignments, leave time-stamped feedback, and give other helpful tips for their peers. Bongo Video Assignments and Virtual Classroom both offer opportunities for peer review. Visit Bongo’s website to find out more about peer review and other potential activities through our platform.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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