Peer assessment in MOOCs: The relationship between peer reviewers’ ability and authors’ essay performance

Abstract

In a relatively short period of time, massive open online courses (MOOCs) have become a considerable topic of research and debate, and the number of available MOOCs is rapidly growing. Along with issues of formal recognition and accreditation, this growth in the number of MOOCs being developed increases the relevance of . Within the context of a typical , the current study focuses on of essay assignments. In the literature, two contradicting theoretical arguments can be found: that learners should be matched with same‐ability peers (homogeneously) versus that students should be matched with different‐ability peers (heterogeneously). Considering these arguments, the relationship between peer reviewers’ ability and authors’ essay performance is explored. Results indicate that peer reviewers’ ability is positively related to authors’ essay performance. Moreover, this relationship is only established for intermediate and high ability authors; essay performance of lower ability authors appeared not to be related to the ability of their reviewing peers. Results are discussed in relation to the matching of learners and instructional design of peer assessment in MOOCs.

Huisman, B., Admiraal, W., Pilli, O., Maarten, V. D. V., & Saab, N. (2018). Peer assessment in moocs: the relationship between peer reviewers’ ability and authors’ essay performance. British Journal of Educational Technology, 49(1), 101-110.