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Online Self and Peer Assessment Tool




"Online Self and Peer Assessment Tool"

  Team: Joe Luca and Andrew Dunbar with Ron Oliver

Designer's Summary


In constructivist learning environments, assessment processes are often mediated through social interaction, communication, exchange of views and collaboration so that learners become aware of, and take responsibility for assessing their own learning processes. Self and peer assessment strategies can foster students’ understanding of learning processes with real-life performance as opposed to displaying inert knowledge.

This on-line tool helps students commit to team roles and responsibilities through the use of online contracts, a self/peer assessment tool and tutor led peer assessment:

  • At the beginning of the semester each student negotiates their roles and responsibilities with their team. This is entered on an online contract for the team and tutor to view.
  • During the semester, students then monitor their own and peers’ contributions as specified in the online contract through an online self/peer assessment tool. The entries here are confidential to the tutor only.
  • The tutors use this information and their own observations to conduct “tutor-led peer assessment sessions” in which marks are negotiated and transferred between team members where necessary.

Rationale for Inclusion


This tool has been designed because it has application in any learning design which is founded on a group-learning model. The less generic precursor to this tool was extensively tested for effectiveness, and judged highly effective.

Please Cite As:


Luca, J. & Dunbar, A. with Oliver, R. (2002). Online Self and Peer Assessment Tool. Retrieved , from Learning Designs Web site:




System Requirements

This tool requires installation on a server with the following system configuration:

Documentation on using this tool (PDF) is available for download.

Refer to http://usersstaff.cci.ecu.edu.au/~jluca/peer_assess/updates.html for any updates.




None provided.




Download the latest .zip format version of the software from http://usersstaff.cci.ecu.edu.au/~jluca/peer_assess/updates.html.




Licence agreement:

The download and use of this software tool is conditional to educational use only and cannot be used for commercial gain or further developed for commercial gain.

Liability Disclaimer:

Limitation of Liability. The Software and any related documentation are provided "AS IS" and without warranty of any kind and The Development Team commissioned by the AUTC funded project: Information and Communication Technologies and Their Role in Flexible Learning (hereafter referred to as "The Development Team" ) expressly disclaims all other warranties, express or implied, including, but not limited to, the implied warranties of merchantability and fitness for a particular purpose. Under no circumstances shall The Development Team be liable for any incidental, special or consequential damages that result from the use or inability to use the software or related documentation, even if The Development Team has been advised of the possibility of such damages.



This tool was commissioned by the Learning Designs project after examination of the Generic Skills Development learning design exemplar. It is a more generic version of one of the principal mechanisms employed by that design.

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