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Sneak Peak of Latest Release – Peer Assess Pro V.14

As my ‘early adopters’ of Peer Assess Pro™ here’s a sneak early release of the new version 14… all tested and ready for you to launch.

Peer Assess Pro User Guide:
Web Version

New features in version 14
The many new features Version 14 are listed in Section 15. New features (The link is to the WEB version).
For example:
Survey redesign: The SURVEY has been redesigned to improve the user experience. For example, the qualitative question requesting examples of behaviours related to task accomplishment immediately follows the five quantitative questions on this topic.

Self-assessment: Respondents may now complete a self-assessment. The self-assessment results are shown in a new sub-sheet ‘SelfAssessment’. The self-assessments are EXCLUDED from the calculation of an assessor’s ratings, such as Team Based Learning Score.

Indexes of realistic self-assessment: The self-assessment by each student is compared with the assessments by the other members of the team, using several INDEXES of 100 x (OTHER/SELF). An Index of 50, for example, suggests the student thinks rather too highly of themself compared to what their team members consider. An index close to 100 indicates the student is assessing themselves realistically when considered by their team members.

Alphanumeric team names: Teams may be designated with alphanumeric designations in the SURVEY.

Renaming of several variables: Variables have been renamed in the Analyser to align with Team-Based Learning practice.

Mailmerge: Major redesign of the draft mail merge letter, to improve readability and include the new calculations of self-assessment and recommendation. For example, respondents can view their self-assessment across all ten attributes against their averaged rating by team peers, and class average.

Quickstart Videos
By your request, we’ve created some Quickstart Videos to remind teachers of how to do specific setup tasks during your deployment of Peer Assess Pro™:
Section 12. Video and slideshow introductions
Comprehensive Operations Guide for Teachers.

What next?
I love hearing about your frustrations, delights, and ideas for additional features for Peer Assess Pro™ . LET ME KNOW!

I know from my own experience and your requests that you would like a series of videos for students:

  • A video introduction for students, explaining the benefits of peer assessment and how they should get engaged early run their class work
  • The mechanics of completing the Peer Assess Pro™ Survey. How to give other students good qualitative feedback for their development.
  • Interpreting the quantitative feedback from Peer Assess Pro™
  • Responding and asking for feedback: how to make best use of feedback results from Peer Assess Pro (for students).

Incidentally, with respect to responding to feedback, I have used in my classes the following TedX video with GREAT EFFECT and IMPACT: How to use others’ feedback to learn and grow.

These are helpful for explaining the importance of self-assessment, and a phenomenon you WILL discover, the Lake Wobegon Effect, also known as ‘self-enhancement’.

Lake Wobegon effect

ERSI: Exceptionally Realistic Self-Image. (n.d.). Orange County Human Resource Services Portal.

For instructors
– Quickstart Guide (pdf, with links to the key downloads, video instructions, user manual)
– Introduction for teachers: the what and why of peer assessment using Peer Assess Pro™
– Using Peer Assess Pro™ to identify and diagnose ‘at risk’ teams and students
– Responding to Peer Assess Pro™ Analyser Warnings: how to find, identify, and repair incorrect responses in the Survey (Responses) dataset
– Which Personal Result to choose for the students’. On that point, you might find this improved diagram helpful, Figure A.1 Alternative approaches to determining students’ Personal Result (PR)

Anything else?

Please don’t hesitate to ask.

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