Learning by judging: A network learning environment based on peer evaluation

Chuen-Tsai Sun*

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The paradigms of science and engineering education have been evolving along the dimensions of theory, pedagogy and technology. As network-based computer-assisted learning has been drawing more and more attention in the past few years, promising learning theories such as constructive learning and collaborative learning have found their new meaning and new ways of implementation in the new, network-based environment. In this paper, we propose a learning environment in which a learning strategy, called Learning by Judging, can be realised to help constructive learning. The proposed learning environment is a World Wide Web (WWW) based system that supports learning strategies of learning through design and peer evaluation. Samples designed by students are demonstrated in screen windows for others to evaluate via network. A learning procedure includes several rounds of sample-design and mutual evaluation. The learning process is recorded and analysed and then the result is fed back to the students to achieve the goal of meta-cognition. We expect this approach to encourage students participating in instructional activities early and effectively. We conducted a small-scale experiment in which colour-matching was chosen as the design subject. We collected and analysed users' behaviour patterns in a preliminary manner. We are improving the functionality and interface of the learning environment. We expect to conduct formal instructional experiments in the near future.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)149-158
Number of pages10
JournalInternational Journal of Continuing Engineering Education and Life-Long Learning
Issue number1-4
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2002


  • Cooperative learning
  • Distance learning
  • Learning strategy
  • Learning through design
  • Peer evaluation

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