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Publication Detail
Addressing concerns with assessment of group work and reducing passengers
  • Publication Type:
    Conference presentation
  • Publication Sub Type:
    Presentation
  • Authors:
    Garcia Souto M
  • Name of Conference:
    Enhancing Student Learning Through Innovative Scholarship conference (ESLTIS 2019)
  • Conference place:
    Edinburgh
  • Conference start date:
    18/07/2019
  • Conference finish date:
    19/07/2019
  • Keywords:
    IPAC, group work, assessment, feedback
  • Addresses:
    Cicely Striolo
    UCL
    Chemical Engineering
    UCL Engineering
    London
    WC1E 6BT
    United Kingdom

    Mira Vogel
    UCL

    Ryan Grammenos
    UCL

    Tristan Robinson
    UCL

    Thomas Kador
    UCL
Abstract
Universities are moving towards the incorporation of active learning into their curriculum, with many of the initiatives involving students working in groups. This provides students with a deeper and longer-lasting knowledge and skills, and exposure to bigger and more realistic projects. However, the assessment of the students working in groups raise problems when all team members receive the same mark. These issues include concerns about fairness of marks, and passengers, concerns that are shared among students, staff, accrediting bodies, and external examiners. This talk describes the IPAC method of assessment (Individual Peer Assessment of Contribution to group work), which addresses both these issues while making the assessment and feedback more insightful for students and improving student experience. However the IPAC method is time-consuming to implement without a suitable tool. Therefore we quickly introduce the software developed and in use at University College London, that allows academics to run this practice easily and time-efficiently. Finally, we present some statistics of typical IPAC values that students give to peers and themselves, based on data from several courses. This is of relevance to all those running group work despite the discipline. Thanks to all members of the IPAC Consortium for their contributions to the understanding of this methodology
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