Peer Assessment

Sample Cases from Dublin Institute of Technology

See some samples cases for this assessment method in the table below or browse the full set of cases in the assessment toolkit.

Assessment MethodLecturerAssociated Programme(s)NFQ LevelYear
Facilitated self-assessment and peer-assessment of performance Mary Lennon Bachelor of Music Level 8 Years 1-2
Self and Peer Assessment Kerry Meakin BA Visual Merchandising and Display Level 7 Year 1-2
Blogs for work placement assessment Julie Dunne and Sinead Ryan Higher Certificate in Pharmacy Technician Studies
BSc Pharmaceutical Healthcare
Level 8 Years 2, 4


Peer assessment utilises students within the assessment process itself. Students must first be instructed in, and given detailed examples of, assessment criteria. Students are then assessed by each other. This can be a useful exercise for both students and lecturers. If done correctly it can increase student engagement in the assessment process and encourage a healthy exchange of ideas within the class group [1].


ASKe (Assessment Standards Knowledge exchange [2]) provides a three step guide to peer feedback This highlights, among other aspects, the need to ensure that the students are given a sample exercise to instruct them in the process and that the peer review session should be structured and considered to ensure that students are engaged in the process and have support when required.


  • Involve the students in the criteria making process
  • Ensure that there is more than one peer assessor



Using as formative feedback as opposed to summative grading. Peer assessment can be very useful in allowing the students the opportunity to get clear, anonymous feedback from their peers.

Other references

There are several guides available on peer assessment. Some are discipline specific for example:

  • Biosciences [3]
  • Language [4]

Many guides show examples of both self and peer assessment, describing how to get students to engage in assessment of themselves or their peers.

  • Self and Peer Assessment guide [5]

Overview websites


  1. [1] C. U. C. f. T. Excellence. (2012, 28th April 2014). Peer-Assessment.
  2. [2] A. S. K. exchange. (2010, 1st July 2013). Making peer feedback work in three easy steps!
  3. [3] P. Orsmond. (2011). Self- and Peer-Assessment:Guidance in Practice in the Biosciences (2 ed.).
  4. [4] T. N. C. L. R. Center. (2003, 20th June 2013). Assessing Learning: Peer and Self Assessment.
  5. [5] C. f. E. i. L. a. T. (CELT). (2012, Self and Peer Assessment.

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