Peer feedback on group work

A graphic showing four students, graded with percentages 51% (- 12), 68% (+ 68), 63% (+ 0), 70% (+ 7). Text above reads "Rewarding contributions but the average remains the same".

The ability to work as part of a team is an essential skill for graduates, and most programmes include opportunities for students to develop it through participation in group projects. This is not always an easy experience for students who are used to individual assignments, and there are often tensions around communication and contribution. In particular, students are very unhappy if team members perceived as ‘free-loaders’ get the same shared grade as those who have done all the work.

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