Students need feedback on their work in order to improve. While instructor feedback is valuable, asking students to respond to each other’s work, including writing, video projects and other assignments, provides opportunities for before-the-deadline feedback without increasing the instructor’s workload.
Research shows that peer review adds to the feedback process by fostering students’ awareness of their own and others’ processes and approaches. Moreover, by both giving and receiving critical feedback, peer review teaches valuable skills like listening, evaluating, responding, and reflecting. Finally, having students engage in active dialogue about their intentions and ideas contributes to a collaborative classroom community.