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Collaborative learning for music students


Professor Don Lebler shares his experience using online, formal, self and peer assessment to enhance collaborative learning for Bachelor of Popular Music students.


Collaboration was identified as an essential component of the assessment process with the Bachelor of Popular Music students to enable them to share feedback and refine their musical ideas and strengths. By encouraging collaboration with others, students had the potential to learn valuable skills in developing self assessment and monitoring their own work.


Professor Don Lebler

Using BoPMAT (Bachelor of Popular Music Assessment Tool), Professor Lebler's students are encouraged to upload their musical work for peer assessment after they have self assessed it first. Groups then meet to discuss the work and how it relates to what the student is trying to achieve in their material. The process is open and honest with the scale of what is expected becoming transparent and encouraging of higher standards. 


By using this approach, the standard of work that is being submitted has improved with students working collaboratively and supportively of each other. The expectations of the assessments are made explicit and clear with more students interacting online and building the necessary skills to self assess and self review their work. This encourages musical growth as they review and monitor their own work in the future.


The following video is a recording of Don's presentation at Celebrating Teaching Week 2015, talking about using BoPMAT in his assessment.

Next Steps

Even though this was based on a music focus, the idea of collaboration and Collaborative learning applies to other study disciplines. If you would like to discuss other collaborative tools for your teaching practice, please contact Learning Futures to discuss.

Please Note: 
BoPMAT (Bachelor of Popular Music Assessment Tool) is no longer used at Griffith. 

Consider contacting your Learning and Teaching Consultant to discuss similar approaches that might enhance your teaching practice.


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Lebler, D. & Learning Futures (2020). Collaborative learning for music students. Retrieved from