This article will guide you through the criteria that are currently in the beta phase. It is intended to help you understand which criteria are currently in this phase and what it entails. This article will be updated when changes are made to the stability of criteria or when new criteria have been added. Please let us know how they work for you.
What does "beta" mean exactly?
When new criteria are developed, they are going through several phases where they are actively being tested and evaluated. Beta is the final evaluation phase before announcing it as a stable criterion. In this stage, we encourage active testing by anyone interested to access the larger pedagogical value and determine the overall feedback usefulness and performance. More information about the full lifecycle of (new) criterion can be read in this article.
When are new criteria out of beta?
These criteria will be announced stable when they have been thoroughly tested by a diverse range of instructors and experts. In this way, we feel confident that it provides the necessary value for everyone interested. This implies that we are sure that instructors are on board with the feedback given and that it is clear and actionable for students.
Which criteria are currently in beta?
All feedback criteria are divided into five overarching categories. Currently, we have beta criteria that relate to language, references and tables and figures. In the next section you will find more detailed information about each criterion.
Category 2: Language
Students learn to use proper grammar
Feedback is given when grammar mistakes are made and why to ensure student work is clear and comprehensible
Students learn to avoid the passive voice
Feedback is given to reduce the use of passive voice to enhance the readability of student work
Students learn to avoid personal pronouns
Feedback is given to reduce the use of personal pronouns to ensure students writing is objective
Students learn to avoid using sentences that are too long
Feedback is given on sentences exceeding the specified length. Reducing the length of sentences can make writing more clear
Students learn to write in the correct tense (either past or present)
Feedback is given when certain sentences are not written in the specified tense to ensure sentences are correctly written
Students learn to use proper wording
Feedback is given on collocations, redundant and confused wording to make writing more clear
Category 4: References
Reference formatting (part of reference style)
Students learn to use proper formatting of their references in the respective style
Feedback is given when references are incorrectly formatted and lets students know where the mistakes are made
Students learn to provide all necessary information for references
Feedback is given when references don't contain pre-specified elements necessary (e.g. a publication date)
Students learn to use proper in-text formatting for references
Feedback is given when references in de reference list are not referred to within the text
Category 5: Tables and Figures
Students learn to properly reference to their figures and tables used in their work
Feedback is given when students don't refer to a table that is used within their text
Students learn to properly format figures and tables used in their work
Feedback is given when students don't use a caption either below or above their figures and tables
How can I try out the beta criteria in my assignment?
First, you need to have access to the beta criteria which needs to be manually provided. Please reach out to [email protected] to request this.
Once you have access, they will automatically appear in your criteria overview when setting up an assignment with Automated Feedback. If you would like to see how they work, you can select the criteria the same way as the stable criteria listed in this article.
After you have saved your assignment, you can navigate to the try-out where you can upload a relevant document. By clicking on the results, you are redirected to you document and you can see the feedback that is given on these criteria.
Any criteria that are not working well for you yet can be removed. If you want to use any of them with your students, they will be aware that the criteria is still in beta and know that they should look critically at the feedback given.
Let us know how they are working for you
Your feedback is of great importance to us! To help us learn how we are doing, please let us know how useful each feedback outcome is to you. By doing so, you will be able to help students worldwide to receive more relevant feedback on their assignments.