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The “New Media in Education MOOC” trains education students in developing educational project plans based on new media and networked pedagogy. Students participate in peer assessments of project plans based on five evaluation criteria that include innovativeness and expected needs satisfaction.
An action research was conducted based on a content analysis of 789 student assessments regarding 89 project plans. The aim of the study was to explore how students assess their peers’ project plans and use these insights to improve the peer assessment process and the guideline criteria. Findings indicate that students mainly used two perspectives for assessing the expected needs satisfaction criterion: traditional pedagogy and constructivist pedagogy. The findings led to further elaboration both of the innovativeness criterion (and its extension beyond technological innovation) and of the expected need satisfaction criterion and its extension beyond cognitive needs (e.g., social, emotional, cultural and democratic needs). Additional criteria for the assessment guidelines are recommended.
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