How are collaborative efforts assessed and evaluated?

Like most undergraduates, you may have concerns about the assessment and evaluation methods used in group work. Peer review is a key feature of how scientists judge each other's work. You are likely to peer review one another's proposal, investigations, and persuasive materials. Recently, self-assessment has become a more frequent component of assessment in science, especially as more group work is done.

The bottom line is that there are many ways to assess group products and group process. Some teachers give a group grade and an individual grade when both group and individual products are developed. Some include the peer evaluations and group self-evaluations. If he or she has not already explained, you will want to discuss with your teacher how she or he plans to assess students work.


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