Marshall Memo Summarizes Peer Assessment Research

July 20, 2016: A summary in the Marshall Memo (Marshall Memo 645, July 11, 2016) describes the effectiveness of peer assessment in improving student writing at the secondary school level. This research, published by Christian Schunn, Amanda Godley, and Sara DeMartino in the Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy, (July/August 2016, Vol. 60, #1, p. 13-23), found that student scores were “remarkably consistent”, and correlated highly with expert AP scorers. (Dr. Schunn is Peerceptiv’s Scientific Advisor.) Many students felt the most valuable part of the exercise was viewing successful strategies and weaknesses in the work of their classmates. The results suggest peer assessment may be effectively used to improve secondary school writing skills, in part by allowing teachers to more frequently assign writing tasks without adding to their workload.

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Peerceptiv takes the Pledge!

March 31, 2016: Peerceptiv is now a signatory on the Student Privacy Pledge, sponsored by the Future of Privacy Forum. Peerceptiv does no advertising, and never sells data to any third parties for any reason. Click here for more information on the Peerceptiv Privacy Policy.

Peerceptiv Welcomes Texas A&M

January 19, 2016:  Peerceptiv is now offered as a campus-wide license at Texas A&M University. Peerceptiv will be used this semester in a number of STEM courses to improve critical thinking and writing skills. Instructors and students will access Peerceptiv from within eCampus, Texas A&M’s Blackboard Learn LMS.

Active, Collaborative Classrooms Offer Superior Learning Outcomes

September 21, 2015: Author and consultant Annie Murphy Paul writes in the New York Times that active learning is superior to traditional lectures. “The act of putting one’s own thoughts into words and communicating them to others, research has shown, is a powerful contributor to learning.”

Peer-to-peer Learning to Transform Education by 2025

August 17, 2015:  Forbes Magazine reports that peer-to-peer learning is one of five trends that will transform education by 2025. Among other findings, Forbes reported high reliability between multiple peer and expert assessment, high scalability, and low cost when employing peer-to-peer learning properly.

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