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Peer Assessment of Collaborative Work Supported by Wikis and Google docs

by Darko Dugosija last modified May 20, 2010 04:57 PM

Organizer Name

Jože Rugelj, Irena Nančovska Šerbec

Short Description

Ability for collaboration is an important skill in many modern professions. Students should master these skills to be able to participate in project work during study, as well as to work in different groups in the workplace (project groups and communities). An important issue in collaborative work is assessment of individual’s contribution. We will present methodology for qualitative evaluation of individual’s contribution in collaborative learning process supported by Wikis and Google Docs. Wikis provide an environment for collaborative writing and enable easy monitoring of students’ activities, such as frequency of editing and amount of published text. Google Docs is a Web-based application in which documents and spreadsheets can be created, edited and stored online. Google Docs could also be used in collaborative work in which multiple authors work together in real time.

We will present collaborative learning activities based on editing of Wikis or Google Docs followed by collaborative and peer assessment. Peer assessment is learning activity where students consider and specify the level, value or quality of a product or performance of other people in similar situation, usually student within a given class. Peer assessment is an important activity in collaborative learning.

Students will be divided into groups. Each group will consist of 3-4 students. Groups will select project topics regarding to the interest of the members from or any other portal with scientific or educational video content.

The assessment of collaborative work will be supported by Moodle workshop.

Lecturer Biography

Jože Rugelj
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Assoc. Prof. Dr. Joze Rugelj started his research work in 1985at the J. Stefan Institute in Ljubljana, the leading institute of technology in Slovenia, in the field of distributed microcomputer systems for process control and on communication protocols. In 1989 he was awarded an EU grant for one year doctoral studies at the Joint Research Centre of the EC in Ispra, Italy, which was later extended for six months. In JRC he started to investigate protocols for group communications in the CSCW environment and design of distributed computer supported co-operative working environments. After return to JSI in 1990 he continued my research in the field of protocols for group communications in the CSCW environment. When he was invited to give lectures at the University of Ljubljana he extended his research to Computer Supported Collaborative Learning and to different aspects of application of ICT to education. He published over 15 papers in international journals, 70 papers in conference proceedings and 15 chapters in monographies.
From 1993 he gives lectures at the University of Ljubljana, Faculty of education and Faculty of computer science and informatics. He was co-author of a 4-year undergraduate study programme on Computer science for teachers at the Faculty of Education, which started in 1996. From 1997 he worked as an assistant professor and from 2002 as an associate professor at the Faculty of Education at the University of Ljubljana and he gives courses on computer communications, hypertext and multimedia, and use of ICT in education.
He was actively involved in preparation of postgraduate (M.Sc. and Ph.D.) programme in Teaching, where he teaches a course on ICT in education. He also participates in M.Sc./Ph.D. study program on the Faculty of Computer science and informatics with a course on CSCW and he is currently coordinating preparation of Master program “Computer science in education”. At the moment he is supervisor of 4 M.Sc. and 3 Ph.D. students, while 2 of his students already finished Ph.D. studies.
He has been co-ordinator of national research projects from 1992 (4 projects) and national co-ordinator in 8 international (mainly EU) projects since 1995. Currently he is national coordinator of the EU Erasmus LLP project entitled European Study Programme for Advanced Networking Technologies (ESPANT), 142015-LLP-1-2008-1-BE-ERASMUS-ECDEM, and EU Comenius Lifelong Learning Programme, project Serious Learning Games (SELEAG), 503900-LLP-1-2009-1-PT-COMENIUS-CMP.
In 1999 and 2000 he was deputy head of the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science at the Faculty of Education. From 2002 he is a Head of the Chair of computer science and computer science didactics at the Faculty of Education. He was elected vice dean of the Faculty of education (200 teaching staff and around 2600 undergraduate and postgraduate students) in 2001. In 2003, in 2005 and in 2007 he was re-elected for another two years mandate.

Irena Nančovska Šerbec
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Irena Nančovska Šerbec is assistant professor at Faculty of Education University of Ljubljana. She finished her graduate and postgraduate studies at the Faculty of Computer and Information Science, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia. She got her Ph.D. degree from the field of electrical engineering at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering, University of Ljubljana. Her fields of research are modelling in the education (with emphasis on machine learning modelling), ICT in education, teaching programming, system identification and time series regression. In the past she participated in many projects from the field of meteorology; national projects on including ICT into teaching and learning, EU and bilateral projects. Recently she is involved in two EU projects: ESPANT and SELEAG.

Reading List

Trentin, G. (2009). Using a wiki to evaluate individual contribution to a collaborative learning project. Journal of Computer Assisted Learning, 25(1), 43-55. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2729.2008.00276.x.
Meyer, K. (2010). A comparison of Web 2.0 tools in a doctoral course. The Internet and Higher Education. Elsevier Inc. doi: 10.1016/j.iheduc.2010.02.002.
Nančovska Šerbec, I., Strnad, M., & Rugelj, J. (2010). Assessment of Wiki-supported Collaborative Learning In Higher Education. Proceeding of ITHET 2010-9th International Conference on Information Technology Based Higher Education and Training, Cappadocia, Turkey, 29th April – 1st May 2010.

Other Material

educationalWikis,, (Accessed 3.5.10) Churches., A. (2008) “Edorigami, Bloom’s taxonomy and digital approaches”, Educational Origami, [Online] Available at:'s+Digital+Taxonomy (Accessed 27.04.10)
Siemens, G., Connectivism: A learning theory for the digital age, International Journal of Instructional Technology and Distance Learning 2 (10), 2005.

Pre-Summer School events planned

• Reading of articles.

• We prepared wikis, to be developed by students: ,,
Google Docs
We prepared Workshop in Moodle for wiki assessment and sheets for assessment in the group

Post-Summer School events planned

Project work will be realised in the group of 3-4 participants and results will be published in the wiki or Google Doc.
Each group will assess the other’s projects products.

Expected outcomes/objectives

We expect the participants to develop skills for collaborative work (creation of WIKI/Google Doc) and assessment skills.Max. number of participants and technical equipment neededThe number of participants is related to number of computers included in the workshop. On each computer could work 3-4 participants. Computers should be connected to Internet
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