Peer Review: For Teachers

This article is a step by step guide for teachers on using our Peer Review tool, with all information any teacher needs to get started.

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Introduction

In this article we will walk you through how to use Peer Review from the perspective of a teacher.

If you’d like more information on how this tool works, you can check out the overview article here:

Tool In Action

Overall student progress

At the top of the assignment, you will see the Overall student progress overview. Click on statistics per active student to see individual students' progress. Here you can see if students have read the instructions, given feedback, the total number of review comments, and finally, if students have read the feedback they received.

Click on the headers in each column to change the order (ascending or descending) in which students are displayed.

The check marks under read instructions mean that that student has finished the step. The light purple dot means the student has not read the instructions yet. The red dot means the student has missed the deadline for handing in.

Under the give feedback header, you see a rod for each review that a student needs to complete. In the example in the screenshot, students need to complete two reviews. A dark purple rod stands for a finished review.

A light purple rod means a peer has been assigned for the student to evaluate, but the evaluation is not yet complete.

A white rod means the student has not yet been assigned a student to evaluate, click here for an explanation on how peers are assigned.

It is also possible to export all the student data into an excel file. This file contains information concerning review ratings, review comments and grading. You can download this export by clicking on the 'export analytics' button in the overall student progress window.

Step 1: Instructions

Here you can see the instructions written when setting up the assignment. These can be changed by clicking on ‘Edit’ on the top right corner of the screen.

Image showing an example of instructions set by a teacher for their students.

Step 2: Submissions

This step provides an overview of the students' submitted work, and which students have not submitted their work.

Image showing the submission overview screen - all students have completed their submissions. The progress bar shows 6 submissions completed.

Task Overview

Students who have submitted their work can see whether they submitted it late or on time. Instructors may adjust the deadline or grant individual student’s extensions using the ‘Grant Extension’ and ‘Change Deadline’ buttons. In the settings the deadline can be moved or 'late hand-in' allowed.

All submitted files can be downloaded by clicking the 'download' icon in step 2. The submissions are in a zip file, the files in this zip file have a name in the format [First name Last name Student] Original file name.

Browse Submissions

‘View Submissions’ navigates you to the submissions playlist, where you can start viewing student’s submissions packets. The reviews at this step show the deliverable submitted by the student.

Selecting ‘Open’ on the line item will direct you to the deliverable. Please note that this action will not allow you to access the feedback given or received on the artefact. To access this feedback, follow the next two steps outlined below.

Note: If the student has submitted a video, you will see the video player instead of the document.

Step 3: Given Reviews

In this step, you can access an overview of all provided feedback. The reviews in this step display the feedback provided by the student.

Task Overview

Students who have begun giving feedback on their peer’s submissions will reflected in this step. Clicking on the ‘headers’ will change the order (ascending or descending) in which the students are shown.

Image showing 4 students who are participating in giving reviews - their review progress, average review rating, time spent on reviews and comments are also shown.

'Show Allocations' displays the work assigned to the student for review.

'Show Criteria' presents a heatmap displaying the assessments given by the students.

'Full screen' offers a wider display for easier view. You may also leverage the ‘Search’ capabilities to search for individual students.

Browse Given Reviews

The reviews in this step display the feedback provided by the student. 'View Reviews' navigates you to the given reviews playlist, where you can start viewing individual review packets. You may also navigate to a specific student review by hovering over the student’s name in the table below.

'Show feedback given to' filter defaults to 'All Reviewers'. This provides a consolidated view of all feedback given by Saul Goodman, enabling you to review all his feedback swiftly without navigating multiple sections.

When navigating the Feedback section of the 'All Reviewers' packet, you can hover over the ratings to view the two peers to whom the student assigned that rating. Additionally, 'New' buttons indicate unread comments.

You may use the ‘dropdown menu’ to filter by individual packets. For instance, if you click on Skylar White, you will see the review packet that Saul Goodman provided to Skylar White.

The Submissions section contain all deliverables from the different peers that the student has given reviews to.

Selecting 'Open' on the line item will take you to the deliverable that has received feedback. Here, Skylar White has provided feedback on Walter White's deliverable. The submitter's name is highlighted in the purple appbar. Refer to the sidebar to review the feedback from Skylar White to Walter White.

To navigate to the next student, click on the back arrow in the purple appbar, and you will be presented with the playlist again. Click ‘Next’ to move on to the next student.

Step 4: Received Reviews

In this step, you can view an overview of all feedback received. The reviews in this step display the feedback received by the student.

Task Overview

Click on the column headings to reverse the order in which the students are shown (ascending or descending).

The overview also shows how many comments the student has read and when the student was last active.

Image showing the received reviews overview - the reviewers are displayed alongside their review progress, average review rating, time spent on reviews and number of comments left.

Click on the status chips 'Not started' or 'Completed' to view the list of students with those respective statuses.

Browse Received Reviews

The reviews in this step display the feedback received by the student. Clicking on 'View Reviews' takes you to the workflow playlist, where you can start viewing student review packets. The reviews at this step show the feedback received by the student.

The 'Show feedback given by' filter defaults to 'All Reviewers'. This provides a consolidated view of all feedback received by a student, enabling you to review all his feedback swiftly without navigating multiple sections.

You may use the ‘dropdown menu’ to filter by individual review packets. For instance, if you click on Walter White, you will see the review packet that Jesse Pinkman received from Walter White.

Click on the ‘Next’ button to navigate between students who have received reviews.

Review, respond or upvote:

You may view ratings and comments view the review packet or the side bar. It is possible to respond to these comments or upvote them.

Add yourself as a reviewer

To add yourself as a reviewer while reviewing the feedback a student has received from their peer, simply click on the purple icon located at the bottom left of your screen.

Upon clicking the purple icon, you'll encounter an empty review packet, with your name automatically added to the reviewer filter. From there, you can proceed to provide your review. It's important to note that once you submit your review, you won't have the ability to retract it, so please review your feedback carefully before finalising.

Step 5: Reflections on the assignment (optional)

In this step, you can view an overview of all student-written reflections.

Writing a reflection is a valuable step to conclude an assignment. For example, the student can write a reflection on how the entire process of providing feedback went. The teacher will see this reflection in an overview in step 4 (if the teacher has enabled this option in the settings).

Students can write their reflections after providing feedback to their peers, regardless of whether they have completed the "Received Review" step.

Task Overview

Here the teacher can see which groups and which specific students have made progress in completing their reflection. Only the groups whose students have made progress on this step will be shown as in the image below. If the teacher wants to read a specific student's reflection, the teacher clicks "view" next to the student's name to see their reflection.

Clicking the ‘View Reflections’ button will take you to the reflections playlist, allowing teachers to easily browse through the entire list of student-written reflections.

Step 6: Grading

In this step, you have to access a comprehensive overview detailing the grades of each student within the system.

If the teacher has included grading in the settings, it will be visible after the last step. The image below shows what that will look like. By clicking on the arrow on the right or using the scroll bar at the bottom, the teacher can view the rest of the grade sections (from left to right). On the far right there is also an optional grade adjustment . This allows the teacher to add or subtract points for each student. Click on ‘Fullscreen’ to get a better view.

Good to Know

Anonymity

If anonymity is enabled, the students work under a pseudonym, but the teacher can always see the student name.

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