Peer and self evaluation

To reflect on learning and support one's peers is a crucial part of the learning process. Very few students like to learn in isolation - they come to college for a group activity.
On my music course, students create music. Sometimes this is recorded in Cubase and can be uploaded into Moodle as an mp3. Sometimes the music is created organically, 'on the fly'. I record this with a digital video camera. It is immensely important to record these creative sessions as they are transient. In other subject areas you might record a discussion, presentation, role play or performance.
Viewing the video recordings gives the student numerous benefits. Confidence building - demonstration of achievement. Reflection - to sit back and consider (celebrate) what they achieved and how they might improve their skills. Peer support/evaluation - to offer commentary on the work of their colleagues in a forum setting.
This is how it works: a lesson introduces a topic about composing or arranging. We listen to examples and discuss how the technique is achieved. We break into 3 groups to create a piece of music that demonstrates the topic - students can use a chord sequence I give them, or devise their own. In the final 15 minutes of the lesson I video record the students work whilst we listen to each performance. Video is transferred to iMovie, minimal editing, export for web streaming, upload to a forum are of moodle.
During the week students view the videos and reflect on their own achievement and offer analysis (support) of their peers' work. It is the most successful part of the course and the one that has most impact on creative development.
Examples (minus the original video)
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lessun fyve!by Ollie SMITH - Friday, 20 October 2006, 01:08 PM

i liked:
jay's drumming skill's - the build-ups and fills were really exciting to watch
dario's lead guitar - smooth and precise, not too flashy. good communication with the rest of the group.
mike's guitar - blues inspired licks, not trying to fill up every gap, playing for the song not for himself.
paul's guitar riffage - a class riff that sticks, choppy rhythmic guitar and a finishing delay fx'd outro that tops off the song well
my vocals could do with some work! that was the first time i'd ever sung in front of anyone with a straight head, but i'm glad i gave it a go!
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FMP gig videos -> Blayne -> Re: Blayneby Dario NIKZAD - Monday, 11 June 2007, 11:12 PM

this is a top tune, was good to play on something that wasn't in 4/4 for a change. loads of different guitar ideas, blaynes lead lines were almost like a vocal melody awesome, liked the contrast between the rythm parts aswell going from quite chunky/choppy riffs to some really smooth parts... glad i got to play on it really... ohh yeh thought J's drummin on this was perfect for the song, loads of crash and little fills on the heavy bits really made it stand out compared to the quieter bits
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Your creative work -> Lesson 7 stops and phrases -> Re: L7 room 1by Rhiannon HODGSON - Tuesday, 7 November 2006, 01:14 PM

i liked the choppy intro with the stops, & also the 1st phrase inbetween verse 1 & 2, it broke the song up,
i wish we ended properly because it was an ace song, i enjoyed writing lyrics to this,
stewart manages to come up with an ace riff everytime ive worked with him,
i think the piano should of been abit louder!