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.

Students see their received feedback Choose when the students can see their feedback. You can set this to 'instantly', 'after release date', a 'certain date' or 'never'.

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.

Configurable Group Contribution Factor within GME

Configurable Group Contribution Factor has been added to the feature flag function Group Contribution Grading. Teachers can now adjust the threshold of what the outcome of the grade will be according to the group contribution factor or group skill factor.

When creating a GME assignment with the ‘review within groups’ option (does not work with other options), it’s possible to enable ‘configurable group contribution grading’ at the bottom of the page in the settings underneath the Configurable Grading module. After enabling this feature, you can click the ‘configure’ button which presents a choice between two different grading options.

It’s important to note that this should be done after a group project is finished and has been graded. This feature is meant to change that group grade and individualize them based on contributions

  • Group contribution factor:

The group contribution factor calculates student participation by distributing a factor between 0 and 2 which shows how much the students have done within the group work relative to the other team members. This factor uses the average of the ratings received from criteria for a student and compares this to the average rating received from this student’s team members.

It’s important to note here is that a student’s contribution factor will change when new ratings for other students come in later and will go up or down depending on the scores the other student received. For ‘Group contribution factor’, the teacher has to configure the values that will be used to categorise students’ contribution factor after this is calculated and determine what should happen to their particular project grade.

One out of three things will happen to the student’s project grade in this case:
It will stay the same (nothing gets deducted or added), the project grade gets multiplied by the contribution factor the student receives, or the project grade for this student will be reduced to zero (0).

By default these values are set to give students:

  • A zero (0) if their contribution factor is between 0 and 0.49
  • The project grade multiplied by the received contribution factor if their contribution factor is between 0.5 and 1
  • An unaltered project grade if the contribution factor is between 1.01 and 2.

The teacher may edit these values to what is desired for the assignment.

  • Group skill factor

The group skill factor works a bit different. Here, the factors are not calculated relative to the other team members’ scores, but rather uses the ratings received compared to the maximum points possible for the criteria to come up with a factor between 0 and 1. An important difference here is that a student’s factor does not change depending on scores the other students receive. Again, the teacher is able to configure the values that decide what will happen to student project grades when they receive their average scores.

One of three things will happen to the student’s project grade in this case:
It will stay the same (nothing gets deducted or added), the project grade gets multiplied by the factor the student receives, or the project grade for this student will be reduced to zero (0).

The defaults for this group contribution option are set to:

  • Give students a zero (0) if they score between 0 and 0.55
  • The project grade multiplied by the average score if they score between 0.56 and 0.8
  • An unaltered project grade if they score anywhere between 0.81 and 1

The teacher may again edit these values to what is desired for the assignment.


Finally, click Publish in the top-right corner of the screen. When you have finished setting up the assignment, it is time for the students to get started!

Hopefully this article has helped you to better understand what this tool has to offer. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact our support team.

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