Uses of peer assessment in database teaching and learning

James Paterson, John Wilson, Petra Leimich

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    This discussion paper introduces three very different methods and contexts for the use of peer assessment in introductory database classes, each of which is supported by different learning software tools. In the first case study, at Glasgow Caledonian University, Contributing Student Pedagogy is used, where students contribute to the learning of others through the collaborative creation of a bank of self-assessment questions. This is supported by the Peerwise software tool. Secondly, at the University of Strathclyde, students undertake formative assessment of others in providing feedback on an initial element of a larger coursework assessment. A number of virtual learning environments (VLEs) are capable of supporting this method through customisable discussion fora. Finally, at the University of Abertay Dundee, peer and self assessment are used in a group project to adjust the group grade for individual students. This is effected through the use of the WebPA software tool.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publication Proceedings of the 27th British National Conference on Data Security and Security Data (BNCOD'10)
    EditorsL.M. MacKinnon
    Number of pages12
    ISBN (Print)9783642257032
    Publication statusPublished - 2012
    Event 27th British National Conference on Databases - University of Abertay, Dundee, United Kingdom
    Duration: 29 Jun 20101 Jul 2010

    Publication series

    NameLecture Notes in Computer Science
    PublisherSpringer Berlin Heidelberg
    ISSN (Print)0302-9743


    Conference 27th British National Conference on Databases
    Abbreviated titleBNCOD 27
    Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
    OtherData Security and Security Data


    • peer assesment
    • database teaching
    • contributing student pedagogy
    • self assesment
    • WebPA
    • PeerWise system
    • learning software


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