Adopting one peer review assignment in your course will lead to a dramatic improvement in final grades. When students are given the opportunity to submit first drafts of papers, lab reports, presentations or any other type of constructive assignments, research shows that final drafts will be of significantly better quality. As students give and receive feedback from their peers they become more familiar with the expectations of the assignment. In fact, students’ learn more deeply from explaining misconceptions, as they clarify arguments to peers and consider different perspectives. By the time final drafts are submitted, students turn in a much higher quality of work. With a conscientious peer review process, instructors can feel confident knowing students will get the feedback they need to improve faster- enabling them to showcase their full potential and meet learning goals.
With Peerceptiv, instructors can add a peer assessment step to their current assignments in about 30 minutes. Once set up, peer assessment assignments can be reused semester over semester with one-click. Peerceptiv facilitates the entire peer review process with little or no intervention needed by the instructor. Just assign the online peer review assignment a week or so before final drafts are due and the research-validated system does the rest. Students are automatically assigned peer documents to review after submitting their assignment. Peerceptiv prompts students to provide meaningful feedback to multiple peers based on the instructor’s rubric. The system is double-blind according to peer review best practices and will even generate valid and reliable grades based on how well the students engaged with their classmates, providing extra incentive for students to complete the task with fidelity. Peerceptiv integrates with your LMS so you and your students do not need to create a separate login and final grades are automatically sent to your gradebook.
Peerceptiv peer reviews are very simple to set up and they even provide 1-on-1 support sessions on Zoom to guide you through the process if needed. You just:
- add your current assignment description
- choose the dates when you want students to complete peer reviewing
- choose a rubric:
- Customize prompts based on your existing rubric
- Choose from rubrics pre-built by our Instructional Support team
- Meet with Instructional Support to build your custom rubric in less than an hour
After completing this initial setup, you can copy your assignment next semester or share it with a colleague with one click. A 30 minute time investment at the beginning of the course can save you hours of time grading at the end of every class you ever teach! During the peer review process, students will get the feedback they need to improve, boosting grades with little to no instructor intervention required.
An important aspect of the process is that Peerceptiv generates rich learning data about how well students are engaging with one another and the quality of the assignments being reviewed. At the end of each assignment instructors and students see an interactive dashboard displaying a breakdown of scores for different aspects of the assignment. This shows students their strengths and guides them to which areas of their assignments they should improve before final submission. Course-wide data enables instructors to see which students are struggling and what topics they can refine for next semester. These reports are excellent resources to demonstrate to the administration and accrediting bodies that learning outcomes are being met or exceeded in your course.
Adding a peer review step to any constructive assignment can transform the outcomes in your course. When students are given the opportunity to help each other improve, the results will blow you away. With Peerceptiv, these assignments are simple to set up and can be stacked right on top of your current curriculum. There is no need to author new material or come up with additional tasks. To get started contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or go to app.peerceptiv.com to set up your free instructor account.