Mahara, Blogging and Peer Review

Edgar Whitley from the department of Management tells us about using Mahara as a tool for blogging and peer assessment and its benefits to teaching, learning and assessment.

The following was adapted from Edgar’s evaluation post on his MG492 course’s Mahara blog, in which he presents and reflects on last year’s e-assessment project funded by a SPARK! Grant.

You may also be interested in reading the  report of the project evaluation undertaken by Marta Stelmaszak on LSE Research Online.


Written communication skills are an important learning outcome for many courses at LSE.  They are typically assessed by having students write an essay on a course related topic.  To help students prepare for the essay, it is common to have them write a shorter preparatory essay in the same “academic writing” genre as the main essay.

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