"..if we want students to develop critical thinking, judgement and autonomy in assignment production they should be provided with high-level evaluative experiences similar to those of experts. Peer review, students evaluating and commenting on each other's work, is one way to achieve this'

What is the PEER project?

  • PEER stands for Peer Evaluation in Education Review
  • the PEER project has received funding (2010-11) from the Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC) under its Innovation Grants scheme
  • the project is led by the University of Strathclyde
  • the PEER project will identify educational designs and software tools that support learning through peer review
  • it will also pilot and evaluate peer review implementations

Why is the PEER project important?

  • the PEER project builds on the REAP project and has two core premises
  • that learning will be significantly enhanced when students engage in regular activities where they make evaluative judgements about their own and others work
  • that making judgements and giving feedback is cognitively more productive for learning than receiving feedback
  • the peer project will explore ways of harnessing technology to make peer review easy and cost-effective to implement

The intended outputs

  • synthesis of the literature on peer review using technology
  • a range of educational designs for the implementation of peer review
  • evaluation of software systems that will support peer review
  • results from a pilot and evaluation of some peer review implementations
  • a list of typical implementation issues and solutions
  • guidelines for practioners on how to implement peer review 

Project Contact

Resources at a Glance

Project Overview

Design for Peer Review

Institutional Strategies

Graduate Attributes and Peer Review

Key writings on peer review