Using Peer Review

Sarah Nicolazzo, CTL Graduate Fellow, Comparative Literature

Tuesday, March 18 | 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Graduate Student Workshops

Location: Graduate Student Center 305

Summary: Unique pedagogical opportunities arise when students read and respond to each other’s work. At its best, peer review can transform a course into a truly collaborative and fully participatory endeavor. However, It also poses risks, as anxiety, competition, or the fear of embarrassment can render the benefits of peer review inaccessible to many students, especially if the class is not properly prepared. Successful peer review requires students develop specific skills and that instructors create clear guidelines. In this workshop, we’ll learn how to structure and conduct successful peer review assignments and activities, focusing on how to teach students the skills they need to respond productively to the work of their peers and how to integrate peer review into the broader themes and skills covered by the course. Our discussion will also cover common pitfalls and what to do if they happen.
All graduate students are welcome. Counts towards CTL Teaching Certificate.