Online Peer and Self-Assessment: Nursing Students’ Attitudes and Perceptions
This project used technology enhanced learning through online peer and self-assessment to enhance nurse education through the Virtual Moodle Workshop Module. The purpose of the project was to engage year three nursing students in an active role in the assessment strategy of a Professional and Patient Safety module. While assessment and feedback have predominantly been seen as the exclusive role and responsibility of academic staff, this project endeavored to engage with students in actively constructing their own learning and adopting new roles examining their peers, one in which they are brought into the centre of teaching and learning processes and decision-making. It was envisaged that this would promote the development of self-regulation and peer-review skills, required for safe practice in a complex healthcare environment.
In the process of peer- and self-assessment, I contend that students are preparing for their future professional careers where they will be challenged and held accountable for their practice, in addition to monitoring not only their own performance but that of their interprofessional peer group. I hope to harness the potential of technology to enhance the learning process and contribute to a better understanding of students’ attitudes and perceptions towards online peer- and self-assessment, which are pivotal to improving teaching, learning and assessment.
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