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Peergrade integration with Blackboard

If you are not yet using peer feedback in your teaching, it is time to get started. Peer feedback is a great way for students to learn how to provide and receive feedback, and it increases the amount of feedback. Peergrade makes the process even easier.

2019.03.27 | Nina Vestergaard Adolfsen

There are many benefits to using peer feedback in your teaching. An essential advantage is that it increases the amount of feedback and develops the students' abilities when they do their assignment, read others' assignments, and provide constructive feedback.

In addition, they learn to reach a wider audience, and not only how to communicate with their educator. It promotes their interpersonal skills as they learn to view fellow students’ input as competent feedback. They improve their ability to assess their own work better, and several other benefits.

Before you start with peer feedback, it is essential that the students know from which criteria they need to evaluate one another. In Peergrade, students provide one another with feedback by following a rubric. A rubric is an assessment tool that determines the specific expectations of an assignment. In Peergrade, you can make your own rubrics, use freely available rubrics, or use rubrics designed by AU.

Remember that after the peer feedback you must allow the students to revise their work.

Useful features:

  • Your students can submit individually or in groups. In Blackboard, students in a course are automatically associated with the assignments you create.
  • Students can submit and provide feedback anonymously or in their name.
  • You can download reports on the students’ assignments and feedback.
  • The integration supports feedback from peers, the student that did the assignment, and you.
  • It is possible to mark feedback that you must look further into.

How to get started:

  1. Create a content area. Go to Tools, More tools, and find Peergrade.
  2. Create an assignment and select a rubric from the library or create your own. Then choose whether it should be a Live session without deadlines or Homework with deadlines.
  3. Now your students can upload in their assignments.    
  4. Afterwards, they can provide feedback on one another's tasks based on the selected rubric.
  5. Students will receive feedback and be able to respond to it.
  6. The educator can always keep an eye on the submitted assignments and feedback, and can download statistics on the course.

Need help on how to use peer feedback as part of your teaching? Contact ST Learning Lab and we will help you get started.

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