Self and peer assessment


When might you use peer or self assessment tools?

  • to help students better understand the assessment criteria
  • to encourage reflection
  • to aid autonomous learning
  • to help students learn from each other and to then identify their own level of understanding
  • to encourage deeper learning
  • to help provide timely feedback in large groups
  • to encourage group participation and measure individual contribution.


If you are considering implementing peer or self assessment, then you should consider the following before implementation:

1. Rationale

  • How will the process be beneficial to staff or students?
  • How will it meet the learning objectives?
  • What will the tool be used for, for example, summative or formative assessment?
2. Design
  • What will the students be assessing? (e.g. Assignment, Presentations or Group Participation etc) 
  • What marking criteria will be used?
  • What activities will be involved throughout the process?
  • What tools are available and are they supported by the university?
  • What tool best fits the purpose?
3. Set-up
  • Write up the criteria
  • Build the activity
  • Prepare your students for the activity (such as write guides or introduction to the activity)
  • Test it out with a demo student account or with a colleague
  • Make any amendments based on the findings from above.
4. Implementation
  • Prepare your students for the activity (this may include a face to face session introducing the activity and answering any concerns or queries)
  • Monitor student activity
  • Moderate the results.
5. Evaluation
  • Get feedback from your students
  • Discuss the feedback with your students.

What tools are available?


1. Turnitin PeerMark Tool
This tool facilitates both self and peer review based on criteria you set. You can choose to enable your students to do any of the following:
  • review their own submitted assignment
  • review their peers submitted assignment (you choose how many and you can also pair students up)
  • choose which paper to review.
The tool is designed to enable the review of a previously submitted paper although this can be adapted and you are assessing students on their ability to review the work. The following Tutorials are from Turnitin

 Using Peer Mark Review






 Creating a Peer Mark Assignment

2. Studentcentral Self and Peer Assessment tool
This tool is built into studentcentral and is part of the Blackboard suite of tools. The Self and Peer Assessment feature in studentcentral allows you to set questions to your students. Students enter answers for these questions. Following a deadline passing, students are then able to assess the answers of their peers and themselves, anonymously if you wish. You can provide model answers for the students to compare that of themselves and their peers against and provide criteria against which the students give these answers scores. This tool differs from the Turnitin tool in that it is not about assessing a previously submitted assignment and the students are being marked on their responses to the questions and not their ability to review.
For more information on setting up and using the Self and Peer Assessment tool in studentcentral see: