Version 3.0 was rebuilt from the ground up incorporating requests from users, and wrapped in a new, modern interface.
We sought to keep the best of the old system, but add new tools to make your job easier and your student teams more successful. The system will still let you prepare a team peer assessment in minutes: (1) create a class & load students, (2) set up & schedule an assessment, (3) run the assessment, (4) distribute the student report & view your instructor report.
But that was about all you could do with the last version–the basics. Below is a list of the major changes incorporated in this version.
1. Create Class & Load Students
|Improved File Import||The old cranky student file import has been made much smarter, friendlier and forgiving.|
|Quick-Load Students from Canvas or Blackboard||If you use Canvas or Blackboard you can quickly Export your student list to quick-load into PeerAssessment.Com without having to edit a file!|
|Team Teaching||You are able to include multiple co-instructors on a class, who all have equal access. You may also include “teaching assistants”, who have full access to the class, but whose names are hid from the students.|
|Course Copy||Instantly copy over the questions and emails for all assessments from a prior class in a new class. This is especially useful if you have a number of assessments with a variety of customized questions and/or emails. All you would need to do is set up new dates to schedule each assessment in the current term.|
2. Set up & Schedule Assessment
|Customize Questionnaire||You may start with the identical Question Sets (Q-Sets) that were in Version 2.0. At any time, however, you may remove Q-Sets you don’t need, or choose new Q-Sets from the growing list of available ones to construct the Questionnaire you wish to use.|
|Edit questions||If you wish to fine tune the wording of a question for your situation, or even completely change the question’s direction, it is easy to edit specific questions.|
|Instructor Feedback Questions||Version 2.0 had Peer and Team categories of questions (Peer questions request responses for each individual team member; Team questions address the entire team.) A third category is now available. The “Other” questions only share responses with the instructor. These can be used for instructor or course feedback, for confidential response questions, or even for quizzes and tests.|
|CATs (Classroom Assessment Techniques)||By the way, those new “Other” questions can even be used for CATs—quick, real-time formative evaluation questions. Students can answer these right on their smartphones so you can get quick information to check student understanding during lectures, improve course content, etc. (Who ever said your assessment had to be about teams?)|
|Customize and personalize emails||The emails are personalized by inserting mail merge data ( eg. name, due date, link) into the messages. A full set of default email messages are provided that should work as-is in most situations. But you are also able to easily customize the email messages.|
|Flex-Teaming||If you keep teams together across the term, the system will default to keeping students in the same teams from assessment to assessment. However, between assessments you may also need re-organize team members for minor team adjustments, or for completely new team assignments. Likewise, individuals can be removed from all teams during an assessment, and hence will not participate in that assessment.|
3. Run Assessment
|Extend Assessment||Sometimes students are slow to complete an assessment. You are able to easily extend the assessment period, adding a reminder notification.|
|Dashboard||New Dashboard helps monitor all your current classes and assessments. You can use it to reach reports or assessments directly.|
4. View Reports
|Grade Report||The new Grade Report is a grading spreadsheet with key grading data and calculations filled in for you to apply your own final grading scheme.|
|Hold and Review||Usually you will prefer to just automatically distribute student reports upon the assessment end date. However, “Hold and Review” will let you delay distribution in order to review student comments first. If you find inappropriate comments, you may edit them out of the feedback before distributing to students.|