Why Spot Reviewing is Important
It can be difficult to dissuade students from being overly generous when they rate peer submissions. This is not a concern for grading accuracy if the instructor is participating in the assessment along with the students. However, if the assignment is one in which the instructor is not participating in the assessment, spot reviewing just a few documents is one method that will improve the accuracy of student rating behavior.
An effective way to improve reviewer accuracy is to “spot check” a handful of documents in each assignment. The reason this is so effective is twofold. First, when an instructor provides a review of a student submission, their review is considered by Peerceptiv’s algorithms to be 100% accurate. All of the student reviewers on that submission will have their accuracy score adjusted in relation to that teacher review. With the web of reviewers created in Peerceptiv, this adjustment will not only affect the reviewers of that submission, but also the students who interact with these adjusted reviewers on other submissions.
The other reason this practice is so effective is a matter of student mindset. If students are aware that the instructor will be spot checking some submissions and that their accuracy grade will be determined by how closely they align with the instructor review, they will certainly attempt to rate submissions more in line with instructor expectations. By informing students before they begin reviewing that the instructor will be spot checking and explaining the implication of this on their accuracy grade, instructors will encourage students to rate more accurately.
How to Add a Teacher Review
Instructors can add a review to a document by clicking on “Details” next to a student’s name on the roster and then clicking “Enter Review Now”. Instructors will then enter comments and ratings in the same way a student does.
Also, instructors have the option to change the weight that their rating will have on the submission grades of the students they are reviewing. You can change this on the settings tab of any assignment by using the “Teacher’s Rating is” drop down menu. With that menu, an instructor review can be worth anywhere from 0% to 100% of the submission grade or be equal in value to a student review. The default setting "One in the set" makes instructor reviews equal to student reviews.