Group Member Evaluation structures the process for students giving feedback on their peers' skills.

All our tools are set up in steps. In Step 1 you will set overall instructions.  In Step 2 you set the feedback deadline, criteria, and the required amount of evaluations each student has to submit. In Step 3 students read the feedback they received and (if you require them to do so) write a reflection on the feedback they receive.

First fill in a Title, then continue to Step 1.

Step 1

Fill in instructions. Fill in your overall instructions for the assignment (see the screenshot below for an example). Note that if you leave this field blank, you will not be able to publish/save the assignment.

The assignment can be an individual- or a group assignment. Click change to choose between one of the following three options:

  1. Work individually, review individually. Students are randomly and automatically assigned a peer to give feedback to. Use this option if, for example, you want students to give their peers feedback on solo presentations.
  2. Work individually, review within groups. Students are randomly and automatically assigned a peer from within their own group. Use this option if you want students to evaluate their peers' contribution to group work.
  3. Work as group, review work by other groups individually. Students are randomly and automatically assigned a group other than their own to review. Use this option if, for example, you want students to give feedback on group presentations. 

If you choose options 2 or 3, you will have to select or configure the groups. Note that you can only configure groups when students have been added to the assignment.

Step 2

In this step, you specify criteria to help guide students as they give feedback. Click change to edit, add, or delete criteria. Click here for a detailed guide on setting criteria.

Deadline Set the deadline for giving feedback. Note that reviewers will not be able to view or edit their reviews after this deadline passes. Leave the deadline blank to allow reviewers to view and/or edit their feedback indefinitely.

Settings

  • Self-assessment Students are able to review their own work before reviewing their peers.
  • Reviewer anonymity: Enabling this option will make reviewers anonymous. Reviewers will still see the name of the peer they are reviewing. Teachers can also see the name of the reviewer.
  • Required reviews per student Specify how many peers/group members/groups each student will review. If you have chosen group option 2 and you want all peers to review each other, please select "all". If you require more than one review from each student, you can choose to instantly assign all available peers, so students will see all the peers they'll need to review straight away, rather than having to complete the first review before continuing with the second. 

The following settings become available only if you set the required number of reviews at more than 1:

  • Instantly assign all available peers: With this option enabled, students will be assigned all the reviews they'll have to complete at once. The advantage of this is that students will see all their peers at once. The disadvantage is that it allows for less flexibility, i.e. if students only complete 1 review, the others can no longer be assigned to someone else who does complete all the reviews. 

Finally, you can also set (optional) instructions for your students to keep in mind while they give feedback. 

This is what a student will see: she sees his teammates at step 1 (including herself) and at step 2 he sees the group that she needs review. When finished with the review, the student will see 'reviews received' in green with a tick.

Step 3

Written reflection (optional). This reflection written reflection by the student who received feedback is visible only to themselves and the teacher.

Deadline. Students will not be able to write a reflection after the deadline passed. Note that students can still view the feedback and their reflection after the deadline. If you do not set a deadline, students can write and/or edit their reflection indefinitely.

Under Settings you can customize your instructions for the written reflection. See the screenshot below for the default instructions. You can also set a minimum required length of the written reflection. 

Grading

Moreover, you can add grading to your assignment by clicking on the purple plus button on your left. You can configure how many points do you want to give to each process of the assignment like in the following screenshot. Finally, click Publish in the top-right corner of the screen.

You can always come back to edit settings by clicking the three dots in the top-right corner of the screen and click edit.

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