Judging quality in disciplinary writing: learning from peer assessment and composing feedback

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30 May 2012

Time: 10:30am - 3:30pm
Venue: Room 6.02 G.O. Jones Building, Queen Mary, University of London, E1 4NS

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Part of the Higher Education Academy's seminar series: Assessment and Feedback.

The Thinking Writing team at Queen Mary and Paul Orsmond (Staffordshire University and author of the HE Academy guide to self- and peer-assessment in the Biosciences) have been supporting academics in the School of Engineering and Materials to develop peer assessment of writing.

In this workshop, we will explore ways of using peer assessment to move from the limitations of using ‘explicit’ criteria, and to consider ways of developing tutor and students’ understanding of quality in disciplinary writing. Through case studies of recent implementations, we will consider the problems of organising peer assessment in large classes, student resistance, and concerns of fairness, reliability and trust. Questions we’ll ask include the following:

  • What do students learn about judging quality from composing peer feedback?
  • How does peer assessment facilitate the development of assessment literacy?
  • What is the purpose of peer assessment; a way of clarifying tutor values or a way of eliciting student values?
  • To what extent is there room for negotiation between tutors and students over how, and on what, judgements are made?



Arrival and registration


Welcome and introduction

The Higher Education Academy


Structure, Rationale and Questions for the day

Teresa McConlogue and Sally Mitchell,

Queen Mary University of London (QMUL)


Overview of assessment & feedback – developments in the literature

Paul Orsmond, University of Staffordshire




Case Studies from Engineering

Julia Shelton

Jens D. Mueller 

School of Engineering and Material Sciences, QMUL


Looking at data – workshop

Teresa McConlogue and Sally Mitchell, QMUL

Paul Orsmond, University of Staffordshire


Feedback and ways forward


Tea, coffee and conversation

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