Material Science Students Experience with PeLe in Norway


76 civil engineering students in Trondheim used the Peer Learning Assessment System (PeLe) on March 13, 2012, to solve a compulsory assignment consisting of 8 questions. This was the second time the class used PeLe. 75 out of 76 students were satisfied or very satisfied with the new way of carrying out assignments in combination with immediate feedback and explanations.

They got 40 minutes to figure out the solutions, and they answered by using the PeLe from their mobile devices. Immediately after the completion of the test, the lecturer, Dr. Roger Bergh, got an overview of the students’ responses. During the next 30 minutes he could provide immediate and targeted feedback to the various tasks. The two first tasks were solved correctly by almost the whole class, whereby it was enough to give a short verification.

On the other hand, in one of the more challenging tasks only 23% of the class managed to find the correct answer. Dr. Bergh suggested that they should discuss this topic once more with their neighbour for 2-3 minutes. After this short peer learning discussion he offered them a chance to improve their score by initiating a voting through the Student Response System (SRS). It turned out that this short discussion increased the number of correct results to 54%. The lecturer closed the assignment by giving the students an elaborative feedback that in detail explained the correct and wrong alternatives in the most challenging tasks. The PeLe monitoring solution is designed to highlight the most problematic areas in an easy way for the teacher.


 These two pictures show material science students working with the completion of the assignment. 

This picture shows Dr. Bergh when he is displaying the results for one of the tasks, which the majority of the class managed to solve correctly (see the long bar on the board, coloured green for correct answer and red for wrong alternatives). In such cases it should normally be provided only a short verification, paying more attention to the exercises that caused more problems for the students. 

PeLe is currently developed in the HiST-lead KA3 project Done-IT. The testing in this class will be used to improve the services and the new assessment for learning methods. 


SRS 2.0, PELE 1.5, Eval 1.0 and iLike 1.0 are available for use.