6 Working on assignments, self-study and peer-to-peer

Learning is a process. As a lecturer, you guide that learning process by offering the student well-considered learning activities. Lectures and homework are interchangeable. In fact, this is the work you always do as a lecturer. Preparing assignments and discussing or reviewing them online is not much different than in class. How to do that online is explained here.

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To promote (mutual) learning, organising peer feedback is very valuable. In addition, it can reduce the workload. FeedbackFruits has developed an application for organising productive peer feedback. Both individuals and groups can provide each other’s products or performance with feedback.

Useful tips & tricks

Practical tips for organising peer-to-peer feedback online

  1. Keep it simple and well-organised.
  2. Indicate (very) clearly how you want your students to give feedback to each other. Remember that the student is not a lecturer.
  3. Apart from the content of the peer-to-peer interaction, it is also very important that the structure is clear to the students. When and how should the students go through the different steps of this process?
  4. Moderate! If you are not online, how can you expect your students to be? It is important that your students notice that you see what they are doing. For example, compliment students who give a lot of (good) feedback or ask students who are not active if something is going on.


For a student to be able to work independently, they need to know what to do and how to do it. When designing these assignments, consider how the student actively processes the subject matter.