Engineering Faculty Awarded PSEER Funding To Evaluate Peer Assessment

Posted on Tuesday, May 16th, 2017

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Dr. Andrea Bradford with a bird of prey on her head
Dr. Andrea Bradford, School of Engineering, and a bird of prey

The PSEER Steering Committee is pleased to announce that Dr. Andrea Bradford and Dr. Julie Vale (School of Engineering) have been awarded $10,000 to investigate peer assessment in senior engineering courses. Their work will explore the benefits of peer review in several large (80+ students) senior engineering classes such as ENGG 4370 Urban Water Systems Design. 

Project Title:  Peer Assessment in Senior Engineering Courses

Peer assessment has been implemented in a senior, design-intensive engineering course. One objective was to maintain effective learning activities, including a challenging design and simulation project, with increasing class size. Another objective was to take advantage of the active, collaborative, learning opportunities provided by grading tests in class and providing feedback to and receiving feedback from peers on design work. The intent of the study is to: determine which of the potential benefits are realized; gauge student receptiveness to the approach (when the pedagogical rationale is communicated); identify barriers to more widespread use of the approach in senior engineering courses; and identify best practices for the implementation of peer assessment in these courses. Data is being collected using pre- and post-activity surveys, graded reflections on activities, and focus groups. Results will be disseminated, within the University community and beyond, in Spring 2018.


Andrea Bradford, Ph.D., P.Eng.

Dr. Andrea Bradford has been a faculty member since 2002. Her teaching and research are focused on urban water systems design and management; green infrastructure design; and stream and wetland restoration. Dr. Bradford was previously a senior water policy advisor for the Ontario Ministry of the Environment, Water Policy Branch, where she provided expertise in stormwater management, groundwater and ecosystem protection. More recently, Dr. Bradford has provided expert testimony on the impacts of development on water resources at Ontario Municipal Board and Environmental Joint Tribunal hearings. Within the School of Engineering, Andrea has served as program leader for both Environmental and Water Resources Engineering, and has contributed to curriculum development and review. She has served on two Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board teams reviewing the undergraduate engineering programs at other universities. 

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