This is a really interesting study that documented the results of 101 7th grade students in an online class- a good age group to participate in my opinion, due to the significance of bullying and other forms of peer pressure prevalent at the at age. Anyway, the study had students participate at different levels of identity: real-name, nickname and anonymity. What is so interesting about the study is that the varied uses of identity didn’t seem to change much: the same learning results occurred, as well as the same attitudes toward peer assessment. I think maybe if someone is going to judge you or your work, it doesn’t matter if you know who they are or if they know who you are; either way, getting feedback gives a certain response no matter the source.
Yu, Fu-Yun. “Any Effects of Different Levels of Online User Identity Revelation?” Journal of Educational Technology & Society 15.1 (2012): 64-77. Print.