This page will walk you through each step of the process to create a new assignment using the Assignment Wizard. Before beginning the Assignment Wizard, you will need to have set up your course in Peerceptiv or through your school's LMS. You can find detailed directions here.
LMS Users must create every assignment as a link in the LMS and click the assignment link in the LMS in order to access the assignment wizard. Access specific directions for your LMS here, and then use this article to navigate the wizard.
If you have already created a course, and you are NOT an LMS user, click the Course name on the go.peerceptiv.com site. From there, click Assignments in the top Navy Bar and choose New Assignment.
The Assignment Wizard will appear to walk you through the steps of creating a new assignment. If you would prefer to copy a past assignment or copy a Peerceptiv curated assignment, click "Copy a Past Assignment." If you choose to copy an assignment, please read this article.
The following steps will walk you through creating a new assignment in the assignment wizard.
Name and Description
Name your assignment and add the assignment description. You can put assignment instructions for students in the description, include a link to instructions, or refer student to instructions that are posted elsewhere.
Select the Assignment Type that the individuals will submit. Use the drop-down menu to select
- Regular/Individual Submission - students upload individual submissions.
- Group Submission - students participate in groups and upload a group submission.
- Training - there is no student submission.Training assignments allow instructors to upload exemplar documents for students to review and assess students' understanding of the rubric.
- Team Member Evaluation only - students assess group member contributions
Select the Submission Type.
- Upload A File - students will upload a file from their hard drive.
- Plain Text Online - students will write their submission within a text box.
- Submit A URL - students will submit a URL. Choose this if students are submitting video links or other large files.
The default is No for Teacher Grading Only. This means that the assignment will be reviewed by students (or students and teachers). Only change this if you plan to NOT have students review submissions.
The default is No for Anonymous Teacher Review. This means that students will see the instructor’s name on the review. If you select Yes, then the student will see that the review was done by an instructor but not know which instructor or TA did the review.
The default is Yes for Include Feedback Phase. This requires students to anonymously leave feedback on their reviewers as part of the grade and it is what generates a helpfulness score.
The Number of Reviewers indicates the number of reviews that each student must complete and the number of reviewers that each submission will have. We recommend setting the number at 3 reviewers for the first assignment. The number of reviewers should be at least 3 in order to guarantee reliable and valid grades.
The default is No for Is Assignment Self Evaluated. Changing this to Yes will require students to self-evaluate their own submission. Self-evaluations will not affect the student’s Submission or Reviewing grade. Note that self-evaluations are not currently possible for group assignments.
The Instructor’s Review Is selections allow you to control how significant the instructor’s (or a TA’s) grade will be.
- Just One In A Set means the teacher/TA ratings are just one in the set of reviews (i.e., similar in weight as any one student review; typically done in cases with high student expertise on the topic). This is the default.
- Sliding Scale means that the teacher/TA ratings count for a fixed percentage (e.g,. half the document grade; typically used when the teacher/TA reviews all the documents).
- Overrides All Students Grades means that the teacher/TA ratings override the peer ratings (typically used when teachers/TA only do spot checking).
The Bonus Review Value default is 0%. This option allows students to do additional reviews, up to the number of required reviews, and receive a percentage of bonus points, up to 5%, for completing those reviews.
The Feedback Prompt is the question that students will see when they evaluate the peer review comments they received. This is only for evaluating the helpfulness of student feedback; this is not the assignment rubric. You can adjust the prompt and ratings or keep the defaults.
First, choose whether the Grading Style will be Curved or Benchmarked.
- When Curved grading is selected, all grades are distributed on the curve chosen by the instructor. Weighted peer ratings are used to rank the submissions and grades are distributed on that curve.
- Benchmarked grading also distributes grades based on relative performance. When an instructor chooses Benchmarked grading, Peerceptiv delivers the top 5 and the bottom 5 work products to the instructor after the Review phase. The instructor then grades those work products on a 0-100 scale. After the instructor grades those 10 work products, all other Submission Grades are distributed in a linear fashion in between the instructor set points in accordance with the weighted peer ratings.
You can read more about the grading styles.
Next, set the Review Grade Curve: Mean. The default is 85, which becomes the average grade that students will receive. The Review Grade Curve: Standard Deviation is set at 10. This sets the amount of variability in grades and means that most students will receive a grade between 75 and 95 percent. This slightly lowered grade curve has proven to maintain a high level of student motivation.
The next step is to set the Weights for how the Document (Submission), Reviewing, and Task grades will affect the overall grade.The default for the breakdown is 40/40/20, and this means that the submission grade and review grade will each count as 40 percent of the overall grade, and the task grade (which measures student task completion) will count as 20 percent.
In Peerceptiv, students can submit their assignment after the submission deadline has passed, up to 24 hours before the reviewing deadline. This setting option allows you to assign a late penalty percentage to be deducted every day that passes after the submission deadline.
Set your Assignment Publication Date, Hour, and Minute. This is when the assignment will be published in the course and students will be able to access it.
Set the Submission Deadline, Review Deadline, and Feedback Deadline. Submission should be first, followed by review, and then feedback. We recommend allowing at least 3 days for document submission and 3 days for the review period. A feedback period of less than 3 days will keep your students moving at a strong pace.
The default is Yes for Send email notifications. These emails will be automatically generated and remind the students that they have a new task to complete.
The default is No for Hold Grades for Manual Release. This means that each student’s grade will be released as soon as all of their tasks have been completed. Changing this to Yes would allow you as the instructor to see the grades before they are released to students and then release all of the grades at the same time.
The default is Yes for Convert Student Documents to PDFs. If you choose No, the documents will be downloaded in the same format as they were uploaded. Please disable PDF conversion for any submission type that will not convert to PDF reliably (e.g. audio files, Excel spreadsheets, etc.).
The default for Reviewer Management is a New Random Set of Reviewers for Each Document. This means that a student is likely to see a different student's document each time he or she logs on for the review stage. Use Keep Same Set of Reviewers Across Drafts if you want students to review the same people's documents for each assignment. This is useful if you want to keep students in the same assignment groups throughout the semester. If you choose Manually Select Reviewers for Each Document, please contact Peerceptiv support for further information about how to do this.
Allowed File Types is Any. If you have specific file type settings for your assignment, you can specify that here.
The default for Late Review Submission Window is Late Reviews Not Allowed. If you choose to allow late reviewing (i.e., a reviewing grace period), be aware that students will not be able to begin the feedback step until the late review grace period has been completed. You must set the feedback deadline for after this late review grace period has ended. If you want students to provide feedback immediately after the review period ends, you should not allow late review submissions.
When you have come to the end of the assignment wizard, press Submit.