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Durham University

Computer Science


Publication details for Dr Steven Bradley

Bradley, Steven (2019), Addressing Bias to Improve Reliability in Peer Review of Programming Coursework, Koli Calling 2019. Finland, ACM, New York, 19.

Author(s) from Durham


Peer review has many potential pedagogical benefits, particularly in the area of programming, where it is a part of everyday professional practice. Although sometimes used for formative assessment, it is less commonly used for summative assessment, partly because of a perceived difficulty with reliability. We explore the use of a hierarchical Bayesian model to account for varying bias and precision amongst student assessors. We show that the model is sound and produces benefits in assessment reliability in real assessments. Such analyses have been used in essay subjects before but not, to our knowledge, within programming.