This article covers:
- What is Peer Evaluation?
- How to create a Peer Evaluation assignment
- Peer Evaluation rubrics
- How to create groups
- Peer Evaluation progress and results
What is Peer Evaluation?
Peer Evaluation allows participants to anonymously rate and comment on the participation and contributions of their peers. This process is very customizable according to instructor preferences and can be set up so that students are able to rate all of the members of a group, select individual class members to evaluate, evaluate their own contributions (self evaluation), evaluate different group roles (for instance, a group leader), or evaluate the group as a whole. Using the default rubric, peers will rate each other's professionalism, communication, content knowledge and skills, work ethic, and overall contribution. Instructors have the option to edit, delete, or add to the rubric to make the evaluation a better match for the assignment or skills being assessed. Peerceptiv is able to generate grades for this assignment based on the peer ratings or based on students’ participation in the assignment.
How to Create a Peer Evaluation Assignment
If you are using Peerceptiv within an LMS, choose the right directions to create an assignment link in the LMS first, and click in via that link.
After creating a course, click New Assignment.
The easiest way to build a peer evaluation assignment is to click Choose a Standard Workflow and then select the Peer Evaluation workflow. This will put a standard peer evaluation assignment into your course and you can edit the settings and rubric later, if needed.
The following directions will describe how to create this type of assignment if you select to Build a Custom Assignment.
For Assignment Type, choose Peer Evaluation Only. However, if you plan to have students complete a group peer assessment assignment with an attached peer evaluation component, then you can select Peer Assessment, then choose Student Groups for Submission, and add a peer evaluation stage.
After choosing Peer Evaluation Only, you’ll see a screen that asks how evaluations should be issued. Your choices are Student Groups, which means that students will need to evaluate all of their group members, or Students Select Peers to Evaluate, which means that students can select any of their peers in the course to evaluate. If you plan to have students evaluate group members, then select Student Groups.
In the Assignment Creator, give the assignment a name and description.
- Require students to evaluate the group as a whole - select this if you want students to evaluate the group as a whole. It will not affect the grades for the group or group members, but it will provide you with information about how overall group function was perceived.
- Require students to evaluate the group leader - select this if you want students to evaluate the group leader. You are able to designate a group leader on the group management page.
- Require students to evaluate the instructors - select this if you want students to evaluate the instructors for the course. All instructors listed on the course roster will be included; you may need to remove course instructional designers if selecting this option.
Require students to perform a self evaluation - select this if you want students to evaluate themselves using the rubric for their peers. Their scores will not count toward their grade.
Use peer evaluation ratings for grades - select this if you want the students’ overall grades to be calculated based on their average rating score received from their peers. If you leave this unchecked, the students’ overall grade will be based on participation only, meaning that students will get a 100% if they complete their peer evaluations.
Next, set the deadlines. Students will be able to complete the Peer Evaluation from the publication date until the reviewing deadline. Please choose a publication date that will give you plenty of time to set up groups and make changes before the assignment is published. After the assignment is published, it is more difficult to make changes to the groups and alter the rubric.
Finally, choose whether to send email notifications and hold grades for manual release.
Peer Evaluation Rubrics
All peer evaluation assignments have a default “group member” rubric which will be assigned to students to evaluate their individual group members or the peers who they select to evaluate, if that option was chosen in the assignment settings.
You are able to edit or delete portions of this rubric by clicking on the Edit pencil for each prompt. You are able to add additional prompts by clicking the large plus sign in the corner of the screen. Comment prompts ask students to leave comments about their peers and rating prompts ask students to rate their peers on a numerical scale. Reorder the rubric by clicking and dragging the prompt or using the up and down arrows.
As a general rule, Peerceptiv rubrics must have rating prompts in order to generate valid and reliable grades. If you have set up this assignment to generate participation grades, then you can choose to only have comment prompts without affecting the grades.
If you had selected to require students to evaluate the instructor(s) of the course the whole group, or the group leader, then you will need to add a rubric for those evaluations. Select "Edit" in the assignment rubrics menu and add comment and/or rating prompts for any or all of those rubrics.
How to Create Groups
You must have students in the course roster to create groups, unless you plan to have students create their own groups. After making sure that your course roster is populated with students, you can then proceed with group creation.
First, click on the Groups tab on the left side bar.
Options for Creating Groups:
- Click New Group to create a group manually. Then, click the plus sign on that group and click Add Members to select students from the roster to put into the group. You can rename the group by clicking on the group name and changing it.
- Upload Group List in the required format using a CSV spreadsheet (tip: convert your Excel spreadsheet to a CSV file to do this) or copy and paste from an Excel or other spreadsheet.
- Group Sync will allow you to directly import groups from the LMS. This option will only appear if group sync has been set up by your institution's LMS administrator. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you want to add this option or believe it should be available.
After you click Group Sync the first time, you will need to give permission for Peerceptiv to access the LMS group information. Then select the set of groups in the LMS that you want to add in Peerceptiv. Note: If you are using group sync for multiple courses, please remember to go back to the LMS and open Peerceptiv from the LMS for each class before clicking Group Sync. Otherwise you risk pulling the wrong student groups into an assignment.
You can click Group Sync at any point to bring over the groups as they are currently set up in the LMS. If the groups have changed in the LMS, you should click Group Sync again to apply those changes in Peerceptiv. However, changing the groups during the review or evaluation phase of an assignment may result in students needing to complete additional assignment tasks.
4. Click the settings gear icon to select to Auto Generate Groups, Copy Groups from a Past Assignment, or Delete All Groups.
5. Click the toggle bar to turn off student group self management. If it is on (green check mark), students are able to request to join a group and form groups on their own. If it is off (red X), students cannot create, leave, or edit the groups.
6. Click the Students tab and then click on a particular student’s name to add them to a group that has already been created. You can move students from one group to another and search for students who are not yet in groups.
Group Management Notes:
- Unless you plan to have students manage their own groups, please make sure the groups are correct before the assignment is published.
- You can delete a group by clicking on the three dots to the right of the group name.
- You can move a student from one group to another at any time. However, if you move a student while the assignment is open (assignment tasks are available), it may change the number of tasks a student has to complete and whether that student will have received any reviews.
Peer Evaluation Progress and Results
View student progress in the assignment by clicking on the Progress tab on the left side bar. Then, click on any student’s name to view the comments and ratings that they have given and received.
Click on the Results tab to view results. In a Sync Mode course, results will be generated when the deadline closes. If the instructor has held grades for manual release, then they are able to view the results and release them manually. In an Async Mode course, students will get their results as soon as they are fully evaluated by all of their group members and have also given all of their peer evaluations.