Studiorum

Leveraging WordPress as a critiquing tool for written assignments.
Studiorum is a WordPress plugin tool, hosted on UBC Content Management System (CMS), designed to provide a platform for instructor and peer evaluations. It was developed from a collaborative project between Christina Hendricks, Philosophy professor (Arts One) and Center for Teaching and Learning developers. It offers the convenience of uploading submissions on pre-existing course website on CMS for a seamless integration of workflow. Peers have the opportunity to view other students’ essays and provide constructive feedbacks, and instructors can also provide feedbacks and grades.

How does Studiorum work?

Students go through the following phases when completing an assignment in Studiorum:

Create

Upload written assignment and submit using the text editor box.

Assess

Peers and instructors provide feedback through comments.

View Grades

Grades are available through the Dashboard.

How Are UBC Arts Instructors Using Studiorum?

Christina Hendricks, Philosophy professor (Arts One), wanted to be able to have students submit an essay where only people in their group can see the essay and make comments.

How can Studiorum help me?

Studiorum is a useful tool for facilitating peer assessment activities. It can significantly enhance what instructors can do such as:

  • allowing students to submit written work on the front end
  • enabling comments on individual paragraphs, and customizing permissions for different groups of students
  • allowing flexibility for instructors to create assigned groups for peer evaluations or individual submissions
  • allowing students to evaluate other works and learn from different perspectives

Advantages

  • Studiorum provides a way for students in groups to evaluate each other or upload individual submissions.
  • Evaluators can provide inline paragraph comments. This allows the author to understand exactly what their peer reviewer or instructor is referring to.
  • Flexible grades input (i.e. percentage, letter grades)
  • Accommodates assignment types for different disciplines as it accepts a variety of file formats (e.g. images, video, sound files, etc.).

Limitations

  • In-line paragraph comment option is only available through text editor box. Uploading files does not have this feature.
  • Does not allow for anonymous evaluations.

Tips for using Studiorum in your class

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  • Set-up a sample assignment and familiarize yourself the process of creating submission forms, as well as all the assignment options that can be turned on/off. Preview it as a student and do testing before making it available.
  • Give students the option to have the Instructor re-evaluate the essay if they are unhappy or find the peer assessment grades to be unfair.
  • Require evaluators to justify the grades awarded so they are encouraged to think critically why the student deserves the grade awarded. This forces evaluators to take the evaluation process more seriously.
  • Use group evaluations as a portion of the grade for collaborative group assignments or team based learning activities. Peer evaluations provides an assessment of how each team member performed in the group.

Getting Started

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