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Title Student Peer Assessment of Seminar Presentations
Originator Dr Jan Penrose
Department Department of Geography, University of Edinburgh, Drummond Street, Edinburgh, EH8 9XP
Tel. +44 (0)131 650 8161
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In the Minorities in Multicultural Society course, all students are required to make seminar presentations. The students are invited to assess the quality of each presentation and to give feedback to each presenter, making use of a specially-designed evaluation pro forma which evaluates various aspects of delivery including content, clarity, pace, structure and use of visual aids.

Responses to the use of this pro forma suggest that in addition to expanding the range of feedback received by seminar presenters, those students listening to the presentation learned a great deal, through their evaluations, about what makes for a successful presentation. The inclusion in the pro forma of a question inviting students to identify what they had most learned from each seminar encouraged them to reflect on what they had heard but also proved to be a good way of initiating discussions.


Peer assessment
Pro forma

This abstract has been reproduced with the kind permission of the ASSHE Project, which was undertaken under the auspices of the Committee of Scottish Higher Education Principals and with the financial support of the Scottish Higher Education Funding Council.

Hounsell, D., McCulloch, M. and Scott, M. (Editors) The ASSHE Inventory: Changing Assessment Practices in Scottish Higher Education, (The University of Edinburgh & Napier University), p. 99
Database entry ref. 139

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