How revealing rankings affects student attitude and performance in a peer review learning environment

Pantelis M. Papadopoulos*, Thomas Lagkas, Stavros N. Demetriadis

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This paper investigates the possible benefits as well as the overall impact on the behaviour of students within a learning environment, which is based on double-blinding reviewing of freely selected peer works. Fifty-six sophomore students majoring in Informatics and Telecommunications Engineering volunteered to participate in the study. The experiment was conducted in a controlled environment, according to which students were divided into three groups of different conditions: control, usage data, usage and ranking data. No additional information was made available to students in the control condition. The students that participated in the other two conditions were provided with their usage information (logins, peer work viewed/reviewed, etc.), while members of the last group could also have access to ranking information about their positioning in their group, based on their usage data. According to our findings, students’ performance between the groups were comparable, however, the Ranking group revealed differences in the resulted behavior among its members. Specifically, awareness of ranking information mostly benefited students which were relatively in favor of ranking, motivating them to further engage and perform better than the rest of the group members.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationComputer Supported Education - 7th International Conference, CSEDU 2015, Revised Selected Papers
EditorsJames Uhomoibhi, Maria Teresa Restivo, Susan Zvacek, Markus Helfert
Number of pages16
ISBN (Print)9783319295848
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2016
Externally publishedYes
Event7th International Conference on Computer Supported Education, CSEDU 2015 - Lisbon, Portugal
Duration: 23 May 201525 May 2015
Conference number: 7

Publication series

NameCommunications in Computer and Information Science
ISSN (Print)1865-0929


Conference7th International Conference on Computer Supported Education, CSEDU 2015
Abbreviated titleCSEDU 2015
Internet address


  • Computer science education
  • Free-selection
  • Gamification
  • Motivation
  • Peer review


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