Instructor Training

Reading Peer Reviews

Student reviews that have been completed can be accessed from three locations:

  • The inbox for the PeerMark assignment can be reached from the class homepage by clicking on the "View" link to the right of the PeerMark assignment
  • The student portfolio page, which shows any submissions made by the student including peer reviews. This can be accessed by clicking on the student name from the students tab

Reading Reviews from the Assignment Inbox

To read the reviews of student papers the instructor can click on the "View" link to the right of the name of the PeerMark assignment from the class homepage.

To read a student’s reviews, click on the "More actions" link and select "Read all reviews student submitted" to the right of the student’s name.

Grading Reviews

Instructors may grade the reviews written by the students. If the option award full points for written review is not selected in PeerMark assignment creation, instructors can provide a grade within PeerMark. Once a student’s reviews are opened place the value in the Grade field you would like to give this student for their review. The instructor may wish to use the "Previous" and "Next" arrows to scroll quickly through each review written for this paper.

If the instructor has selected the option to "Award full points if review is written" within the PeerMark assignment settings then every completed review by a student will be awarded 10 points. A completed review is when all the questions an instructor has added to the review have been answered. Once the due date has passed for the PeerMark assignment the student’s total grade for the assignment will be available for the instructor to view.

The total score for all reviews for a reviewer will be normalized to the point value that was selected for the PeerMark assignment during assignment creation. This is true whether the "Award full points if review is written" option is selected or not.

Example 1 - If Award full points if review is written has NOT been selected

There are a total of three reviews in the review set for the PeerMark assignment and the point value is 100.

Review 1 -- The instructor gives the review a 9

Review 2 -- The instructor gives the review a 7

Review 3 -- The reviewer did not start the review

The total score for all the reviews would be 16 (9+7+0=16) out of the total possible points of 30 (3*10=30). 16 out of 30 = 0.533. Normalizing the 0.533 to the PeerMark point value of 100 would be: 0.533 * 100 = 53.3, rounded to 53.

Example 2 - If Award full points if review is written HAS been selected

There are five questions to be answered in the review and there are a total of 4 reviews in the review set for the PeerMark assignment. The point value for the PeerMark assignment is 100.

Review 1 -- The reviewer entered content for all five questions, but one is considered “unanswered” because it does not meet the minimum length requirement. The score for this review is 0.

Review 2 -- The reviewer answered all five questions. The score for this review is 10.

Review 3 -- The reviewer did not start the review. The score for this review is 0.

Review 4 -- The reviewer started the review but neglected to answer any questions. The score for this review is 0.

The total score for all the reviews would be 10 (0+10+0+0=10) out of the total possible points of 40 (4*10=40). 10 out of 40 = 0.25. Normalizing the 0.25 to the PeerMark point value of 100 would be: 0.25 * 100 = 25.

The instructor may edit the grades given to student reviews or to the student’s total score for the assignment once the due date has passed for the assignment. Once the post date of the assignment has passed students will be able to view the grades for their reviews and the total score awarded to them for the assignment.

Editing review grades and overall grade in PeerMark:

  1. Click on the "View" link to the right of the PeerMark assignment
  2. Click on the "Show details" link next to the student whose grades you would like to edit
  3. Click on the "Edit Grades" link
  4. To adjust the scores for the student’s reviews click on the previous score in the text box and enter the new score
  5. To adjust the student’s overall grade for the PeerMark assignment click within the text box of the current score and enter the new grade for the student
  6. Click on the "Save Grades" button to save any changes that have been made to the student’s grades

Printing Student Reviews

Instructors have two printing options for each student: to print reviews the student submitted or to print reviews the student received. To print student reviews click on the "More actions" link next to the student whose reviews you would like to print and select either "Print reviews student submitted" or "Print reviews student received."

The PeerMark print view will open and will automatically include each students review along with the questions & answers and comments for their review.

Instructors may adjust the printing options by selecting or deselecting the check boxes next to the three print options: "Include Questions & Answers," "Include Comments," and "Include All Reviews." Click on the "Print" button to print the review(s).

Reviews may also be printed by clicking on the "Print" link when viewing a student’s review within PeerMark.

PeerMark in the Document Viewer

Instructors may view a paper’s peer reviews within the document viewer once a reviewer submits a PeerMark review. To view a paper in the document viewer click on the paper’s title within the assignment inbox for the paper assignment the peer review is based on.

Once the document viewer loads click on the "PeerMark" tab.

When the PeerMark service is active the sidebar will display a list of all the students who have reviewed the paper.

All reviewer comments appear on the paper. Each mark made to the paper is identifiable by the reviewer’s initials.

To view a specific student’s comments click on their name in the sidebar.

The list icon can also be used to select a student or to select to view "All Reviews."

Viewing the PeerMark Questions and Answers

To view the PeerMark questions and answers click on the questions and answers icon.

The sidebar will load all the PeerMark questions added to the PeerMark assignment during assignment creation. The reviewers’ answers are located under each question. If all reviews are displayed the answers are identifiable by the reviewers initials.

Reviewer Mark List

To view a list of all the comments left on the paper click on the mark list icon.

The Comments List may be used to navigate to the location of a comment on the paper. Simply hover the cursor over a mark in the comment list and then click on the "show on paper" link that appears.

Grading Reviews

To grade a reviewer click on the reviewer’s name.

To edit the grade click on the grade next to the reviewer’s name.

Enter the new grade in the grade field. Click elsewhere on the screen to save the grade.

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