Studiorum

Use WordPress to allows students to share their written assignments and open them up for feedback.
Studiorum, a WordPress plugin tool hosted on UBC Content Management System (CMS), provides a platform for students to upload their submissions and receive instructor and peer feedback. It was developed from a collaborative project between Christina Hendricks, philosophy professor (Arts One) and UBC Centre for Teaching and Learning developers. Studiorum works from within WordPress to allow students to share their assignment submissions on pre-existing course websites. This allows students the opportunity to view their peers’ essays and provide constructive feedback, while also allowing instructors to grade and comment on student work.

How does Studiorum work?

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

Create

Upload written assignment and submit it 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 allow students to submit an essay so only people in their group could 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 course activities by:

  • allowing students to submit written work on the front end.
  • enabling specific submission comments on individual paragraphs.
  • allowing instructors to create customized student groups for peer evaluations or individual submissions.
  • allowing students to view and evaluate peer submissions and learn from different perspectives.

Advantages

  • Studiorum provides a way for students to evaluate each other in groups or upload individual submissions.
  • Evaluators can provide inline paragraph comments to help the author place peer reviewer or instructor comments in specific context.
  • Flexible grade input (i.e., percentage, letter grades).
  • Accommodates assignment types for diverse disciplines, by accepting numerous file formats including images, video and sound files.

Limitations

  • The inline paragraph comment option is only available through the text editor box, so uploaded files do 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 to try creating submission forms and to familiarize yourself with different assignment options. Preview and test Studiorum as a student before enabling it for the class.
  • Give students the option to have the instructor re-evaluate their essay if they are unhappy with their peers’ assessments or find their peer assessment grades unfair.
  • Require evaluators to justify the grades awarded, encouraging them to think critically about the peer evaluation process and to take the activity seriously.
  • Use group evaluations as a portion of the grade for collaborative group assignments or team based learning activities. Peer evaluations provide an assessment of how each team member performed in the group.

Getting Started

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