Is PeerMark a useful tool for formative assessment of literature review? A trial in the School of Veterinary Science



Durrani, Zeeshan ORCID: 0000-0002-3610-5547 and Duret, Denis
(2015) Is PeerMark a useful tool for formative assessment of literature review? A trial in the School of Veterinary Science. [Poster]

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Abstract

The BVSc new curriculum at the University of Liverpool places a very strong emphasis on the acquisition of research skills. As a part of a research skills exercise, second year veterinary undergraduate students have to submit a short literature review (2500 words). In semester 1, as a part of formative assessment all students (n=156) submitted their Literature Review via Turnitin©, a software that checks the originality and plagiarism of people’s written material. Each student had to review and critique two submissions of their peers by providing constructive feedback by responding to both open ended and scaled questions using Turnitin Peermark©. In the second phase, course instructor reviewed the feedback from the students and added appropriate comments where necessary using GradeMark©. In general, the undergraduate students have very little experience of scientific writing and providing a constructive feedback to their peers. This exercise helped them improve their writing skills and the entire process was evaluated with a questionnaire sent to all second year veterinary undergraduate students. The feedback received from students regarding the use of PeerMark was positive and suggested that peer assessment along with instructor’s feedback encouraged students to engage more in their learning and to improve their own work.

Item Type: Poster
Additional Information: Date: 2015-07-09 (submitted)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Veterinary Education, Peer Review
Depositing User: Symplectic Admin
Date Deposited: 06 Jul 2015 08:01
Last Modified: 09 Jan 2021 08:45
URI: https://livrepository.liverpool.ac.uk/id/eprint/2015585