PEER REVIEW WITH TURNITIN’S PEERMARK KATIE HUGHES RWS The Rewards & Challenges REWARDS Student Engagement Efficient Use of Time Instructor-Driven Quality Control Hands-Off Scoring STUDENT ENGAGEMENT MORE FOCUSED REVIEWS Self-scheduled & self-paced Less distractions Tendency to be more honest & thorough PROCESS IS MORE “FUN” Clicking & typing vs. filling out teacher forms by hand Setting other than classroom MORE USEFUL FOR REVISING Reviews are right there on the computer Click & drag comments identify specific revision suggestions in context Questions point to specific criteria FOCUSED QUESTIONS CLICK & DRAG COMMENTS EFFICIENT USE OF TIME FOR STUDENTS Classroom-based peer review sessions often turn into social hours Distractions dilute quality of feedback Time lapse between receiving reviews and doing revision can mitigate effectiveness of feedback FOR INSTRUCTORS Peer Mark distributes & scores Scores transfer automatically to BB Grade Center It’s easy to monitor at one’s convenience Classroom or conferencing time is freed up DISTRIBUTION OPTIONS EASY ACCESS FOR INSTRUCTORS INSTRUCTOR-DRIVEN QUALITY CONTROL FLEXIBLE REVIEW CRITERIA Instructor can create customized questions & save to “library” for future use Generic sample questions are available from PeerMark Questions can be scale-based or free response (or both) Instructor can require minimum amount of words, click & drag comments SAMPLE QUESTIONS HANDS-OFF SCORING SET IT UP & YOU’RE DONE! Instructor sets up distribution parameters, due date, and point value. Points can be automatically awarded: no need to look at reviews or enter points. Points will be automatically entered into BB Grade Center. CHALLENGES…. Instructor Set-Up Issues Student Issues Turnitin Server Issues INSTRUCTOR SET-UP ISSUES Setting up multiple courses Coordinating due dates & posting dates with late paper submissions Setting up questions—if it times out, it all goes away! Providing clear instructions to students LOTS TO KEEP TRACK OF… DO YOU ALLOW LATE PAPERS? REVIEW QUESTIONS MUST BE ENTERED STUDENT ISSUES Browsers—google chrome doesn’t work; Safari & Firefox are best Confusion regarding due dates, eligibility to participate, how score is awarded based on completeness, how to access reviews SCORE TRACKER TURNITIN SERVER ISSUES Rarely, it is down—but it happens Communication problems with Blackboard—call TII helpline or send email Not enough time between paper due date/time & Peer Mark start time—allow at least a couple of hours Student “rush-hour” floods the system— advise them ahead of time ALL THINGS CONSIDERED… PeerMark generates more valuable and efficient work for my students… …while freeing up class time and lessening paper work for me.