Ertmer, P., Richardson, J., Belland , B., Camin, D., Connolly, P., Coulthard, G., . . . Mong, C. (2015). Using Peer Feedback to Enhance the Quality of Student Online Postings: An Exploratory Study . Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication , 412-433.
This article looks at how effective peer feedback can be in an online setting. The article gives the readers a background which helps the reader to understand the importance of feedback, but the introduction speaks about the need of online students to have instructor feedback. While instructor feedback has been studied and is widely accepted as being important and of utmost important in an online setting, it is understood that there are drawbacks.
The authors relate the challenges to instructor feedback, which includes over loading instructors, timeliness of replies, it is intimated that instructors would have to be online nearly 24/7 to provide the type of timely and quality feedback that students desire. The authors are trying to understand what other types of feedback can either supplement or supplant instructor feedback.
With that question in mind the study for this article is framed. The study is looking to help normalize peer feedback by studying it’s effectiveness on the student receiving and the perception of peer feedback on the student giving the feedback. Whether or not peer feedback can elicit the same type of deeper cognitive processes as instructor feedback is studied.
The researchers use a case study framework to study their problem. They use a real life in context scenario, using instructor led instruction in the first half of the class to gauge how much instructor feedback affects the quality of discussion postings and if the students gained a deep understanding of the subject being studied. The latter half of the class is governed by peer feedback and the researchers again study if the feedback raises the amount of learning. Using a case work framework is helpful to see a direct real life correlation between learning and feedback be it instructor or student led.
Ertmer, Peggy, et al. “Using Peer Feedback to Enhance the Quality of Student Online Postings: An Exploratory Study .” Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication (2015): 412-433.
This article doesn’t impact me in the realm of my research interests, but more so professionally. I’ve been thinking of allowing some peer feedback in the classes that I facilitate, but had apprehensions about how that would be received, both by the giver and receive of the feedback. After reading this article I found that it’s nearly as difficult for someone to give feedback to a peer, especially negative, as it is to receive that same feedback. Knowing this information will inform how I do end up implementing peer feedback. I think it can be done, but there are considerations to be made that this article helped to make clear.