Improving professional writing reflection critical analysis and feedback skills using tools that allow students to learn from their peers’ work and allows for prompt peer feedback.

Title Improving professional writing reflection critical analysis and feedback skills using tools that allow students to learn from their peers’ work and allows for prompt peer feedback.
Faculty/College/Unit Medicine
Status Active
Duration 2 Year
Initiation 04/01/2016
Year 1: Project Title Improving professional writing, reflection and feedback skills using a tool that allows students to learn from their peers' work and allows for prompt peer feedback
Funding Details
Year 1: Project Year Year 1
Year 1: Funding Year 2016/2017
Year 1: Project Type Small TLEF
Year 1: Principal Investigator Amanda Bradley
Year 1: Funded Amount 9,836
Year 1: Team Members

Anne Rankin, Acting Associate Head – Clinical Education, Master of Physical Therapy Program, Department of Physical Therapy
Alison Greig, Associate Head, Master of Physical Therapy Program, Department of Physical Therapy

Year 1: Summary

The Bachelor of Medical Lab Science and Master of Physical Therapy Programs are aiming to enhance students’ writing skills, evaluation skills and abilities to give and receive constructive feedback.

The most appropriate tool to allow students to view and evaluate the work of their peers will be selected. One tool under consideration is “Calibrated Peer Review”. The targeted writing assignments include professional correspondence, scientific communication and reflective writing submissions. Clear exemplars of high, medium and poor quality assignments as well as appropriate rubrics will be developed for student use in the peer review process. This pilot will be ready for roll-out starting in Sept 2016 in one BMLSc course and in three MPT Program courses (in years 1 and 2). All students in both Programs will benefit from this work, and it is expected that this model can be translated into other UBC Health Professional programs.

Year 2: Project Year Year 2
Year 2: Funding Year 2017/2018
Year 2: Project Type Small TLEF
Year 2: Principal Investigator Amanda Bradley
year-2 funded-amount 12,800
Year 2: Team Members

Anne Rankin, Acting Associate Head – Clinical Education, Master of Physical Therapy Program, Department of Physical Therapy
Alison Greig, Associate Head, Master of Physical Therapy Program, Department of Physical Therapy

Year 2: Summary

The Bachelor of Medical Lab Science and Master of Physical Therapy Programs will build upon our pilot project (2016-17) to enhance students’ writing, reflection and critical analysis skills and abilities to give/receive constructive feedback. Two peer review tools were selected to achieve each program’s respective aims: Calibrated Peer Review and Connect Self and Peer Assessment Tool. After making adjustments based on pilot evaluations, we will implement the peer review models for professional writing and reflection assignments within our two program’s identified courses.

Additionally, we will examine the potential for peer review at various points in our curricula and plan to expand our use of peer review by piloting other appropriate peer review strategies in further courses (one in each program).

All students in both Programs will benefit from this work and we anticipate that the models we have adopted may be used in other programs in Medicine and beyond.