This article will discuss how to explain the assignment results so that students understand how their grades are generated. You may want to cover this information in your assignment description or syllabus so that students know ahead of time how they will be graded.
The image below shows the top portion of the results page that students will see after completing the assignment.
There are three components to a Peerceptiv assignment:
- Submission Grade - the quality of the submission based on the weighted peer reviews
- Review grade - the quality of the reviews given based on accuracy and helpfulness
- Task Grade - completion of all assignment tasks (submission, reviews, and feedback)
These three components are combined to produce the student’s overall grade according to the weights that were chosen during the assignment set-up process. The default weights are that the Submission Grade counts as 40 percent of the overall grade, the Review Grade counts as 40 percent, and the Task Grade counts as 20 percent of the overall grade.
With the default weights and using the example above, the Overall Grade can be calculated as such: (80.5*0.4)+(83.39*0.4)+(100*0.2)=85.56. In this example, there are no late penalties, but if there were, they would be subtracted from the overall grade. See below for a visual representation of this example:
|Submission Grade x Weight||Review Grade x Weight||Task Grade x Weight|
|80.5 x 40%||83.39 x 40%||100 x 20%|
|32.2 + 33.36 + 20 = 85.56|
|Overall Grade = 85.56|
When explaining the results to students, it may be helpful to let them know what weights you have put on each of the assignment components. This way, if you weigh the Submission Grade and the Review Grade equally, then students will know that their reviewing accuracy and helpfulness will count just as much as the ratings that they receive on their submission. Students are also able to see the weights of the assignment by clicking on the Settings button on the main assignment page.
The below image shows the bottom portion of the student results page:
As indicated in the image, students will see written comments followed by the average ratings that the submission received broken down by category in the rubric. Students will not be able to see who gave them each comment, nor can they see specific ratings that would match with each comment.
Students may have additional questions about how the results are calculated. The submission grade and the review grade are calculated relative to the rest of the class using either curved or benchmarked grading, and students may not be familiar with curved grading. You can refer students to these articles: Peerceptiv Grades: A Brief Overview and Peerceptiv Grades: A Detailed Explanation.
Similarly, you can read these articles that are specific to instructors for a better understanding of grading: Peerceptiv Grades: A Brief Overview for Instructors and Peerceptiv Grades: A Detailed Explanation for Instructors.