Tuesday, 6 September 2011

Anonymous peer assessment increases level of criticality and number of suggestions

Anonymity to Promote Peer Feedback: Pre-Service Teachers' Comments in Asynchronous Computer-Mediated Communication.

Authors:     Howard, Craig D.1
Barrett, Andrew F.1
Frick, Theodore W.1

Source:       Journal of Educational Computing Research; 2010, Vol. 43 Issue 1, p89-112, 24p, 2 Black and White Photographs, 4 Charts

Abstract:    In this quasi-experimental case study, we compared five sections of a basic undergraduate technology course. Within an asynchronous web forum, pre-service teachers wrote short critiques of websites designed by their classmates. This peer feedback was provided anonymously by students in two classes (n = 35) whereas providers and recipients of peer feedback were identified by their real names in three other classes (n = 37). Computer-mediated discourse analysis methods (Herring, 2004) were used to code student written comments according to substance and tone of feedback. Next, we estimated likelihoods of specific feedback patterns through Analysis of Patterns in Time (Frick, 1990). Results indicated that students who were anonymous were approximately five times more likely to provide substantively critical feedback than were those whose identities were known to their recipients. When feedback was given anonymously, students were approximately four times more likely to provide reasons for needed improvement to a website, and then to suggest design alternatives. In light of advantages afforded by this form of pseudonymity, we conclude with a discussion of pedagogical prescriptions for supporting learners' production of feedback. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]


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Database:   Education Research Complete


MidWestern American Uni


Technology Course


35 (level not given)


Wiki with anonymous comment tool

Assessment Activities:

Peer evaluation


This was an experiment based study looking at the effects of allowing comments from peer review.

Learning Gains:

Comments left anonymously were more likely to leave feedback, were more critical but also were 4X more likely to leave suggestions for improvements.


Students sometimes did leave “unwarranted negative comments”

All students knew that staff could use the system could identify them. So there was not complete anonymity

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