How do I prepare students to assess their own work in order to develop their skills and judgement?

Students can benefit from assessing their own work to identify their strengths and weaknesses, to set goals and to reflect on their overall progress.

Self-assessment can give students valuable insight into and help strengthen their learning practice. Students can identify their own strengths and weaknesses, set goals and track progress, and making revisions where needed - without relying on teaching staff.

An assessed activity that includes a component of self-assessment can help students to respond better to assessment criteria.  For example, you could ask students to evaluate their own work against a rubric after which they demonstrate how they have reflected on their own work and made sound judgements for improvement.

The ability to self-assess is a trait of a ‘good learner’, and by supporting the development of this trait we support our students become effective life-long learners.

Self-assessment activities make assessments more sustainable, whereby students are better prepared for a world beyond university study by developing the capabilities to recognise learning needs and opportunities that arise in the course of their future employment.

FeedbackFruits includes both self- and peer-review tools that can be used through Canvas to build learning activities that engage and spark students’ critical thinking.

What are the advantages?

For students

  • Develops independent, self-motivated, life-long and active learning skills without requiring an assessor's judgement of whether a task has been performed well
  • Develops effective feedback skills when discussing and/or evaluating the work of others
  • Develops skills of self-regulation, self-reliance and self-determination when applied to judgements of work or performance quality
  • Identifies gaps in the learning and knowledge of oneself and/or one's peers and colleagues
  • Develops metacognitive and reflective capabilities
  • Increases communicative confidence to discuss the judgements made of their own work or that of others

For educators

  • Allows you to focus on more meaningful quality feedback only on those judgements where student and teacher are at variance

Support and resources

Find out more about self-assessment options using FeedbackFruits.


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