Interested in Peerceptiv async mode assignments? Read on to find out if they are right for your course and how to set up and run async mode Peerceptiv assignments.
What are Peerceptiv async assignments?
Peerceptiv async assignments allow students to move through the assignment at their own pace. For Peer Assessment assignment, 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, they will get their results. If they aren't satisfied with their results, they can re-submit and repeat the reviewing process. For Peer Evaluation assignments, as soon as a student evaluates their peers and is evaluated by all of their group members, they will receive a grade.
Async mode peer assessment assignment grades are generated solely based on the rating scores given by peers - a submission grade is generated based on the mean rating scores received and this is also equivalent to the overall grade for the assignment. The Peerceptiv algorithm will generate a reviewing accuracy check and a task completion check, but it will not factor into the student grade. For peer evaluation assignments in async mode, the grading will be either based on participation (whether they completed the assignment) or average peer rating score, depending on the setting you choose.
Should I run async assignments in my course?
Here are some questions to ask yourself as you think about Peerceptiv async assignments. In general, sync mode 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 with 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 Async Mode.
Click New Assignment on the course dashboard or refresh and click your newly created LMS link to get to the new assignment creation screen. From there, you can select one of our Async mode workflows for easy and quick setup or build a custom assignment.
When selecting deadlines for an async assignment, you can choose to have no deadlines (open indefinitely for all students that enter the course), one final deadline (for instance at the end of the term, and students must have completed all work prior to that date), or phase deadlines (you may choose, for instance, to have the assignment open all semester and then have submission, reviewing, and feedback phase deadlines at the end of the term to make sure everyone finishes all tasks in each phase). We generally recommend having phase deadlines so that you don't have students who submit at the last minute, but have no time to receive reviews from others.
Managing Async Assignments
During an assignment, the Progress tab 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 assignments where 3 reviews are required, 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 3 in all of those columns, that means that either they have tasks they need to do, or they are waiting on their peers to complete tasks. For example, if a student has only received 2 reviews, then they must wait for a third review to come in so that they can give feedback on that review. If a student is waiting for a long time and you don't think anyone else is going to review their submission or give feedback to their reviews, you can force their result. Click on a student's name in this table or the results table and then click "Force Result."
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.
If you click on Results on the left side bar, you will be able to see your student grades. Scroll down until you see the individual assignment grades.
Students who have successfully completed the assignment will say that the Task Status is complete and will have a percentage grade listed. You are also able to see if the student passed our reviewing accuracy check. It will say Pass in the Review Status column if the student has an accuracy grade that is higher than 0. It will say Fail in the Review Status column if the student has an accuracy grade that is 0 or lower. Failing the accuracy check does not impact the student's grade or whether they have a grade. However, it does let you know that this student probably gave the same score to everything they reviewed and may not have taken the reviewing seriously.
Please see our detailed article on understanding Async assignment results.
Async Group Assignments
You can run asynchronous group assignments with or without peer evaluation. If you set the assignment type as group, your students will be able to submit work as a group and then complete reviews individually. If Peer Evaluation is added to a group peer assessment assignment, 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 task completion check and then all receive the same grade, the group's submission grade, for that assignment. If Peer 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.