Feb 24, 2022 Journal entries
Reflect and write at least 300 words (but not more than 500 words) on the following: How does critical thinking relate to peer assessment? What strategies from this week can you apply when you assess Written Assignments?
Peer review is a critical component of the life of the mind and an effective teaching strategy for nurturing students’ critical thinking skills. In our newest video for The Extraordinary Teaching Project, Professor of Earth and Environmental Sciences Art Bettis describes how he uses peer review to help his students improve their writing skills, enhance critical thinking and evaluation skills, and gain a deeper understanding of the course topic.
Research studies, including some conducted at The University of Iowa, have identified key strategies for designing effective peer review assignments:
For additional suggestions, visit the QuickStart Guide on peer review from The Extraordinary Teaching Project.
The Center for Teaching invites instructors who would like to learn more about peer review of writing to join us for a workshop on Improving Student Writing and Critical Thinking Skills through Peer Review/Assessment on Thursday, February 25, from noon to 1:30pm in the Center for Teaching Conference Room (UCC 2070E). Workshop participants will explore best practices for peer review/assessment and also learn about two web applications, Calibrated Peer Review (CPR) and PeerMark, which enable frequent peer-assessed writing assignments for any size class.