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: Instructions
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. You can add a voice note or an attachment to the instruction if needed.
The assignment can be an individual- or a group assignment. Click change to choose between one of the following three options:
As a group
Individually. Students will individually get assigned to anyone.
Within groups. Students individually get assigned someone within their group. (Disabled if ‘as a group’ is chosen)
Outside of their group. Students individually get assigned to someone, not in their group. (Disabled if ‘as a group’ is chosen)
As a group. All members of a group get assigned the same work. (Disabled if ‘individually’ is chosen)
If you would like the students to either work or review in groups, you will have to select or configure the groups. Note that you can only configure groups when students have been added to the assignment.
This will allow for the following combinations with their respective use:
Students work individually, review individually.
Use this option when all students work individually, for example an individual presentation, and you would like the students to review other students individually
Students work individually, review within groups.
This is the most used option in Group Member Evaluation and the option selected for assessing teamwork and team performance. With this option students will individually review members of their group, for example, on collaboration skills and group participation.
Students work individually, review outside of their groups. With this option students will individually review members outside of their group. For example, groups have been sorted by presentation topic and students need to review someone with a different presentation topic.
Students work as group, review individually.
Use this option when students have collaborated on a project as a group, and need to review another group individually.
Hand in work as group, review as a group. Use this option when students have collaborated on a project as a group, and you would like the students to all review the same other group.
Step 2: Given reviews
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'.
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.
By clicking ‘change’ you will be able to select your preferred method of allocation.
Automatically - One by one: The students will be assigned a review one by one, the second review will appear after starting the first one, and so on. This is the default and recommended method of allocation.
Automatically - All at once: Only available if the amount of required reviews is set higher than 1. With this allocation option, 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. This option is only recommended when the required amount of reviews is set to ‘all’.
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.
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: Received reviews
In this step, students read the feedback they received. You can also enable that students rate their reviewers. This could motivate students to give better feedback and to improve.
For this step, it is also possible to set a 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.
Step 4: Reflections on the assignment (optional)
Writing a reflection is a valuable step to end an assignment with. The student can for instance write a reflection on how the whole process of giving feedback went. This step can be added through clicking on the purple-circle-plus-button (at the end of the final step). The option of ‘Reflections on the activity’ will be then visible (see images below).
In the image below, you can see that it can have a deadline, as well as a required length of words. There is also a description field in which you can specify what you want students to reflect on regarding the assignment. Students can start with this step when they completed step 2: 'Give feedback to your(self and) peers'.
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!
You can always come back to edit settings by clicking the three dots in the top-right corner of the screen and click edit.
This concludes the Setting up Group Member Evaluation tutorial.
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