New Features

March 2017

Interface Update

Several instructor pages have been redesigned for Peerceptiv’s Spring 2017 release. While little has changed with system function, instructors will notice several design changes:

  • The Current Assignment page has been redesigned for ease of use. Each assignment now has its own page. The assignment Overview, Dimensions, and Settings appear in separate views within the assignment.
  • All assignments in the course are presented in a simple All Current Assignments view. This can be accessed by clicking on Assignments in the main menu, or by clicking the All Current Assignments link at the top of any single assignment’s page
  • Some of you may have already noticed that many settings have moved from the course to the assignment level, including Reviewing Style and Grading settings. Peerceptiv has also introduced a new course setting, Allow Review without Upload. Use this setting to enable students to review peer documents without submitting their own document. Peerceptiv now prohibits students from reviewing without uploading, unless the instructor selects “Yes” for this option.

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August 2016

Shared Assignment Library
Peerceptiv has released a major new feature, the Share Assignment Library. This library of instructor-created assignments includes full assignment descriptions and rubrics. Instructors can use this library to share their own assignments with others and view, copy, or adjust existing assignments for their own use. The Shared Assignment Library makes assignment creation easier and faster, and it will guide you to assignments that generate the best learning outcomes

Instructors who opt into the Shared Assignment Library can use the Explore page of the Assignment menu to …

  • Search shared writing assignments by keyword
  • Share their own assignments and rubrics, either with identifying information (instructor name and school) or anonymously
  • View writing assignments and rubrics from across the curriculum
  • See assignment ratings sorted by the quality of student reviews produced by the assignment
  • Copy whole assignments and individual assignment elements to their own courses

The Shared Assignment Library will continue to grow as more instructors opt into this feature. You can use the library to search for content in your specific field or to explore high-rated content from any field to design your own assignment. Consider opting in to see what is available and to grow this resource.

August 2015

Training Assignments
It is a good idea to introduce students to the rubrics before they do their own submission. This will help the reliability of the ratings but also the quality of their first submissions. One new way to do this is through a Training Assignment. Rather than submit their own submission and then evaluate peer submissions (in a regular assignment), a training assignment skips the submission step, and all students evaluate submissions that you have provided (perhaps from prior classes).

  • You need to include at least one strong example and one weak example, but you can upload more of each type.
  • If you only have one of each, then every student will see the same ones and only need to evaluate two overall.
  • If you have more than one each type, then the system will assign each student a different random document of each type or you can have students practice on more than just one of each type (you will control this by changing how many reviews are required).
  • Students still do a back-evaluation step, but here they are evaluating a set of comments made by others on the training documents, not evaluating comments on their own documents.
  • Note that the first deadline is not a submission deadline but rather just a start to the reviewing work.
  • Since there is no submission, grading for this kind of assignment is only based on reviewing quality (accuracy and helpfulness) and task grades (reviewing and back-evaluation).
  • You will not need to explicitly label them for students, nor do you need to rate these separately. Each document will be rated by many students so the average rating they produce will likely be quite accurate.

When you create an assignment, select “Training” from the Assignment type pulldown menu (or later change the type using this pulldown menu in Assignment settings). Then add the training documents (weak and strong examples). These are added using the “Edit Training Documents” button in the Deadlines Settings area of the assignments page. As you upload these documents, you will be required to label each as either strong or weak, and there must be at least one of each.

Group Assignments
In many classes, students work on larger projects which involve a shared product (e.g., one project writeup). Peer review of these shared products is desirable but would be somewhat awkward to arrange in the normal peer review process. Most importantly, students shouldn’t review documents from their own group, and fewer total reviews are required (e.g., if groups consist of 5 students, then requiring 4 reviews per student produces 20 reviews on each document, an overwhelming number). The first problem could be handled by manual assignment of students to reviews, but this was a lot of extra work for the teacher and it also prohibited the use of Soft Deadlines. It is now possible to have a special kind of peer review assignment called a Group Assignment that works well with Soft Deadlines and adjusts the number of required reviews.

  • Either the teacher/TA or the students themselves can create the groups.
    • Teachers simply upload or paste in a listing of group members
    • Students use their peer’s email addresses to create a group
  • Any group member can upload the document to be evaluated
  • Every group member must do their own reviewing
  • The group shares the responsibility of doing back-evaluations.
  • Document grades are shared by the group; reviewing and task grades are separate by student.

When you create an assignment, select “Group submission” from the Assignment type pulldown menu (or later change the type using this pulldown menu in Assignment settings).

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