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Is There Value in Summative Peer Assessment?

A challenge of psychological research is that we are often trying to measure things that don’t have physical form, such as intelligence or anxiety. These abstract constructs are meaningful and useful variables, but you can’t measure out 10 grams of…

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Faculty Practices to Support Transfer Student Success

Nearly 40% of all US undergraduate students transfer between institutions at least once, and at some colleges and university more than half of all students have transferred (Shapiro et al. 2018). Many students successfully navigate transfer, earning their degrees at…

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A Typology of Peer Assessment

One of the hallmarks of many group projects is the incorporation of peer assessment into the project grade. This strategy is often used to try to reduce the potential for inequity when individual members of groups share a common grade….

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The Problem with Assessing Groups

One of the challenges an instructor faces when developing any collaborative project is how to assess learning. When multiple students work together to create some product, it’s not necessarily the case that the final product reflects the learning of all…

Mentoring Relationships as Bridges

Mentoring for Learner Success: Bridging Known and New

In order to enhance young children’s learning in the course of everyday interactions, parents often facilitate the acquisition of new knowledge by bridging, or establishing a connection between something familiar and something new (Vandermaas-Peeler, Westerberg, and Fleishman 2019). In a…