Implementing and managing peer feedback can be a time-consuming process for teachers. Tasks such as determining whether every student has provided peer feedback for every team member, collating all of the feedback, determining individual grades from a group mark based on the feedback, and then creating and distributing a report for each student can be so arduous that most time-poor teachers will simply forgo the process. This is unfortunate because the value of peer feedback as a critical component of student learning and development is immeasurable.
Peer Assess Pro (PAP) was developed specifically to make peer assessment and peer feedback easy and efficient to conduct. Once a peer assessment activity is initiated, students are automatically sent an email with peer assessment instructions and a link to the activity. Monitoring the peer assessment activity is made easy with the PAP dashboard. The dashboard helps identify students who may have engaged unconstructively with the peer assessment, those that have assessed a team member significantly different than the other team members, and those that have yet to participate in the activity. Teachers can elect to send those students prewritten emails asking them to correct the identified problem.
Once all of the assessments are in, the teacher enters the group mark for each team and PAP automatically calculates individual grades based on the peer feedback. The PAP dashboard helps the teacher identify at-risk students and dysfunctional teams, which is especially useful if this is a formative assessment that is scheduled midway through a group project. When the teacher is ready to publish the results, students are automatically sent a link to view their individual results.