peerScholar

PeerScholar
Create self- and peer-assessment assignments that allow for revision and reflection.
peerScholar
, an online peer and self-assessment tool, enables you to set up many types of peer graded assignments in your course(s)—anything from short answers and research essays, to case evaluations or multimedia projects. In addition, different student activities within each assignment phase can be easily customized (turned on/off) to fit your learning goals. peerScholar is unique among peer review tools in its incorporation of a reflect/revise phase that allows students to review and reflect on the peer feedback provided, before revising their essay for resubmission. Instructors can also download reports of the assessments and evaluations completed in each step of the assignment process.

How does peerScholar work?

Students go through the following CARE process (Create, Assess, Reflect/ Revise and Evaluate) when completing an assignment in peerScholar. Watch a quick introductory video here. Learn more about how peerScholar works here.

 

Create

Create

Read the assignment instructions and submit your assignment.

Assess

Assess

Assess peer assignments using the rubric established by your instructor.

Reflect & Revise

Reflect/Revise

Reflect on the peer feedback you receive and revise your assignment.

Evaluate (View Grades)

Evaluate (View Grades)

Review instructor feedback and your final grade for the assignment.

How Are UBC Arts Instructors Using peerScholar?

How can peerScholar help me?

peerScholar is an ideal tool for incorporating peer assessment activities into your class, enabling you to increase the number and type of written activities, or even multimedia projects, without increasing your grading workload. In addition, peerScholar’s flexibility allows you to customize the steps in each peer assignment, including options for students to reflect on peer feedback and revise their essays before resubmitting. Read more about peerScholar here.

Advantages

  • Use assignment templates from the peerScholar library or create your own.
  • Adjust calculations of assignment final grades by adjusting the grading breakdown.
  • Multiple options for generating Grade Reports of scores and comments from each step of the peer evaluation process.
  • Works well with assignments in any discipline, accepting a variety of file formats (e.g., images, video and sound files).
  • Option for anonymous evaluations to help promote critical and constructive feedback.
  • Assignments can easily be customized by turning on/off certain phases (e.g., inline comments, self-assessment, revise/resubmit).
  • Evaluators can highlight text directly inside the reviewed submission to provide directed comments, allowing accurate feedback.
  • Preview the different phases of the assignment before making it available to students.

Limitations

  • All rubric criteria share the same rating scale, for example, criterion 1 cannot be evaluated on a 3-point scale and criterion 2 on a 5-point scale.
  • As UBC does not have a site license for peerScholar, students will have to purchase a student subscription. (NB: Certain Pearson textbooks come with a student access code for peerScholar).

Integrations

  • peerScholar can be integrated with Connect, allowing students to access the application by clicking on a direct link, rather than logging in to multiple applications, separately.
  • Student grades can be imported from peerScholar into the Canvas Gradebook or Connect Grade Centre.

Tips for using peerScholar in your class

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  • As the peerScholar tool does not incorporate a training phase, consider creating in-class activities or training materials to show students how to apply rubric criteria effectively, before starting the assignment.
  • Set-up a sample assignment to become familiarize with the available assignment phase and grading options. Preview and test an assignment as a student, before making it available to the class.
  • Give students the option to have the instructor re-evaluate their essay if they find the peer assessment grades unfair.
  • Require evaluators to justify the grades awarded, encouraging them to think critically about the evaluation process and take their part in it seriously.

Getting Started

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