So how do you create an effective criteria grid that promotes meaningful learning while being fair and equitable? If you're wondering, you've come to the right place!
Reminder: what is peer review?
This approach is widespread in educational environments ranging from elementary school to corporate vocational training. It offers an enriching alternative to traditional assessment methods, and contributes to more collaborative and interactive learning.
The different types of criteria
- Technical Skills: Evaluate skills specific to the field of study, such as mastery of a programming language in computer science, precision in experimentation in the sciences, or quality of research in the social sciences.
- Transversal skills: Assess skills that are useful in several areas, such as teamwork, communication and leadership.
- Cognitive Skills: Assess skills such as problem-solving, critical thinking and analysis.
- Emotional and Social Competencies: Evaluate the ability to manage emotions, establish positive relationships with others and be self-aware.
Building your criteria grid
- Balance between technical and cross-disciplinary skills:
Make sure you don't just focus on purely academic skills. Peer evaluation offers an excellent opportunity to assess cross-cutting skills such as teamwork, communication and a sense of responsibility.
- Balance between quantity and quality:
Although quantitative criteria are easier to measure, they don't always provide a complete picture. Qualitative criteria can bring important nuances to the assessment.
Detailed Criteria with Tangible Elements
Example of a 4-level scale for a score out of 10 :
- Critical Analysis (out of 10 points):
- Level 1 (1-3 points): The analysis lacks depth and shows no clear understanding of the subject.
- Level 2 (4-6 points): The analysis is basic but covers the essential aspects of the subject.
- Level 3 (7-9 points): The analysis is complete, with good understanding and relevant examples.
- Level 4 (10 points): The analysis is exceptional, showing deep understanding and unique insights.
- Feedback quality (out of 10 points):
- Level 1 (1-3 points): Feedback is generic and does not provide practical advice for improvement.
- Level 2 (4-6 points): Feedback is specific to certain aspects but lacks depth.
- Level 3 (7-9 points): Feedback is detailed, constructive and focused on skills development.
- Level 4 (10 points): Feedback is exceptionally detailed, offering unique insights and targeted suggestions for improvement.
Importance of Constructive Feedback
- Number of criteria: Too many criteria can make evaluation tedious and discourage students. Find a happy medium.
- Clarity of instructions: Make sure each criterion is clearly defined to avoid misunderstandings.
- Avoiding confirmation bias: Educate evaluators to be aware of biases that could influence their assessment.
Examples of Criteria Grids
- Research quality
- Clear writing
- Originality of approach
Scale for "Quality of research":
- Level 1 (0-2.5): Superficial research, unreliable sources
- Level 2 (3-5): Basic research, a few reliable sources
- Level 3 (6-8): In-depth research, multiple reliable sources
- Level 4 (8.5-10): exhaustive research, excellent integration of sources
- Oral presentation
- Content quality
- Communication skills
- Audience interaction
Scale for "Communication skills":
- Level 1 (0-2.5): Frequent hesitations, unclear
- Level 2 (3-5): Some hesitation, but generally understandable
- Level 3 (6-8): Good articulation, good use of language
- Level 4 (8.5-10): Impeccable elocution, expert use of language
Access to Our Criteria Base
Tools & Resources
- ChallengeMe: Our platform offers you an intuitive interface for creating, managing and evaluating peer-based activities. You can even access a collaborative criteria database, as mentioned in the previous chapter.
- Google Forms: A simple but effective tool for creating criteria grids that you can share online with your students.
- Excel / Google Sheets: For spreadsheet enthusiasts, these tools give you great flexibility in designing your grids.