Interested in Peerceptiv asynchronous assignments? Read on to find out if they are right for your course and how to set up and run asynchronous (async) Peerceptiv assignments.
What are Peerceptiv async assignments?
Peerceptiv asynchronous assignments have only a final deadline and allow students to move through the assignment at their own pace. As soon as students submit, as long as there are other submissions, they can begin reviewing their peers' work and providing feedback to their reviewers. Once a student has completed all the required assignment tasks at or above the required accuracy and helpfulness threshold, they will get their results. If they aren't satisfied with their results, they can re-submit and repeat the reviewing process.
For async assignments, Peerceptiv uses threshold grading rather than curved grading. This means that students must meet or exceed each grading threshold (task, reviewing accuracy, reviewing helpfulness) in order to be issued a grade for their submission. Students will be issued their results as soon as they have successfully completed all assignment tasks or when the assignment closes.
Should I run async assignments in my course?
Here are some questions to ask yourself as you think about Peerceptiv async assignments. In general, synchronous assignments are more customizable on the instructor's side and async assignments offer greater student flexibility to complete the assignment at their own pace.
Will all of your assignments be async? Peerceptiv is set up so that your course can either have synchronous (specific assignment deadlines) or asynchronous assignments but not both. If you have multiple assignments, they will all be asynchronous if you create an asynchronous course.
How many students do you have? Async assignments work best in courses with 100+ students because then there are enough people moving through an assignment at any given time for all students to see progress. If you have fewer than 100 students and want to run an async course, you will need to set the deadline for a short (2-3 week) period of time and/or expect to be involved in manually reviewing student work and forcing student grades as needed.
How much control do you want to have over student grades? In async assignments, grades are issued according to the grading settings you determine and are instantly released to the student when they finish an assignment. You will likely see the grade at the same time the student does, and students get grades when they finish, not when the whole class is done an assignment. It's possible to make changes to the grades, but these assignments are designed to run themselves with no teacher actions needed before grades are released. If you want to have more control of student grades, standard synchronous assignments may be a better fit.
Will your students be comfortable in a flexible learning environment? Our async model was designed to fit well in courses where students have the freedom and responsibility to manage their own learning activities.
How to set up an async assignment
When you create a new course, select Yes for the last option, Enable Async Mode (Beta).
You will still need to select a deadline time and this will be the time that the assignment will close on the final day of the assignment. You must keep the default No for Allow Review Without Upload.
Click Assignments - New Assignment or refresh the LMS link to get to the new assignment creation screen. Type the assignment name and description. Choose your assignment type and submission type and whether you want any teacher reviews to be anonymous (appear without names like student reviews do) or be labeled with the teacher's/TA's name. Set the number of reviewers (3 is recommended for valid and reliable grading) and edit the feedback prompts, if desired. Set the assignment publication date and end date and keep the default to convert submissions to PDFs unless students submit URLs, files with sound, or Excel spreadsheets. If you've set up Peerceptiv assignments before, you can simply copy one of your previous assignments.
Async Group Assignments
You can run asynchronous group assignments with or without team member evaluation. If you set the assignment type as group, your students will be able to submit work as a team and then complete reviews individually. If Team Member Evaluation is added, students have 72 hours after submitting their work to comment on and rate their group members' participation. If they do not submit within 72 hours, they will be removed from the assignment and the group.
In an async group assignment, each student reviews peer submissions individually but anyone in the group can complete feedback tasks. Students must pass the minimum reviewing accuracy and helpfulness thresholds and then all receive the same grade, the group's submission grade, for that assignment. If Team Member Evaluation is included, students must complete that task within 72 hours in order to get their grade and not be removed from the Peerceptiv group.
Managing Async Assignments
During an assignment, the Student Progress page is very helpful. This page shows you who has submitted and when they submitted. It also lets you track the number of reviews done, reviews received, feedback given, and feedback received.
For most students in most assignments, when they have submitted and have a "3" in each of the columns, they will have a grade for that assignment. If they do not have a grade for that assignment, there are 3 possibilities and you can contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more specifics.
- The first 10 students to finish any assignment will have to wait to receive their results until 10 students have fully completed the assignment and at least 5 more have submitted. This helps ensure grading consistency across the assignment.
- They may not have a grade if their accuracy or helpfulness was so low that it did not meet the threshold. If this is the case, please email email@example.com for options.
- There are sometimes bugs keeping a student grade from calculating. If you believe this is the case, you can contact firstname.lastname@example.org or go to the results page to manually force the results.
It's important to explain to your students the benefits of peer review. When students know why they are doing this and if they receive helpful suggestions in the comments, they have a more positive view of peer review.
Also, please encourage students to move through the assignment in a timely manner. When students complete their reviewing tasks shortly after submitting, they enable other students to complete the feedback tasks. If students delay completing their reviews, they keep their classmates from being able to finish the assignment and receive a grade. Contact email@example.com for optional settings like giving extra credit for timely reviews or requiring students to re-start the assignment if there is a long gap between any tasks.
If you click on Results on the left side bar, you will be able to see who has completed the assignment and received a grade.
Students who have successfully completed the assignment will have checks in the first two columns. If a student has very low reviewing accuracy, there will be an X in the reviewing check column.
The overall results are out of 10 and this value is curved to a percentage, generated grade. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss the curve options and set up a grading curve appropriate to the assignment specifications.
If there is an X under Task Completion, the student will have a grade of 0 passed back to the LMS. This student did not complete all of the required tasks before the assignment ended.
An Incomplete or N/A means that the student is still working on the assignment and no grade has been released.
If a grade has been calculated or the student has an X under task completion and you want the student to re-start the assignment, click Delete Result. That will open the assignment up for them.
If a grade has not yet been calculated but you want to force a grade calculation (for example, if a TA gave a review and there will be no more student reviewers), click that button to automatically end the assignment and calculate the grade.
Possible Assignment Configurations
- Peerceptiv can enable extra credit to be awarded if a student completes all reviews within 72 hours of uploading their submission and completes all available feedback tasks within 72 hours of being notified that they are available. Contact email@example.com to have this option enabled.
- Peerceptiv can set the assignment so students are "kicked out" if they do not complete tasks within a specified period of time. If they are kicked out, they have to re-start the assignment. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to have this option enabled.
- We recommend and can work with you to set 'mini' deadlines so students are not allowed to submit after a certain day or enter reviews a few days before the assignment ends. This ensures that students who submit will have their work reviewed and provides motivation for completing assignments in a timely manner.
- You can choose to have the assignment configured so students can re-submit and repeat the entire reviewing and feedback process to try to get a better grade. Contact email@example.com to have this option enabled.