- Peer Evaluation
iversity exams are designed to test your understanding of the course material taught in the previous chapters.
Examinations can consist of the following: single and multiple choice questions, free text questions and peer evaluation.The single and multiple choice questions are scored automatically. If your instructor chooses not to include a peer evaluation question, then your work will end with your exam submission. Otherwise, you will need to complete a peer evaluation process, the details of which are described below.
Single & Multiple Choice Questions
Single choice questions have only one correct answer. Answer checkboxes are circular. Multiple choice questions may have more than one correct answer. Answer checkboxes are square.
Free Text Questions
Free text questions require you to input your answer as text. Since this is scored automatically, a specific string is needed.
A peer evaluation question may require you to submit your answer in the form of text, file or both. There may be a character limit for text submission, in which case a character counter will be displayed under the input box. Note: If you are asked to submit multiple files, upload them as a ‘zip file’. For instructions on how to do this on a Mac click here and on Windows click here.
Your answers are automatically saved periodically but you can also choose to save the current state of your answers by clicking the ‘save’ button. You can then leave the exam and come back and change your answers later, as long as it is still within the exam duration and before its deadline. You may only change your answers before you click on the ‘submit’ button. After you click ‘submit’, you cannot go back and change your answers.
Once you have confirmed the start of the exam, you must submit your answers within a limited timeframe indicated in minutes. Failure to submit your answers or missing the deadline will result in failing the exam. Make note of the time (and timezone) by which the exam is due. Once started, the exam cannot be paused for any reason, including for internet connection problems. The exam will continue to run even if you close the browser window.
3) Peer Evaluation
If your exam included a peer evaluation question then you will be required to score 7 of your fellow classmates’ submissions in order to receive credit for your own.
Once the exam submission deadline has passed, you will receive an email notifying you that the peer evaluation phase has started and informing you of the evaluation deadline.
Why peer evaluation?
The pedagogical advantages of peer evaluation are numerous. Students report that their learning improves after this process. You can see the approaches your classmates take, and it forces you to consider potential shortcomings in your own work. It also creates understanding of your classmates, which is very important.
You will be asked to score answers on a scale as outlined by your professor. For example, on a scoring scale from 0 to 5, 0 is the lowest score you can give and 5 is the highest. Your professors will provide to you the scoring criteria. For example, a scoring system might appear as follows:
0=student did not upload a photo or answer the questions
2= student uploaded a photo and gave 2 examples
4= student uploaded a photo and gave 4 examples
This is just an example of what to expect. These scoring criteria will be visible when scoring your colleagues’ answers.
You may be required to comment on each answer you score. This is to explain why you gave a particular score for that answer. This will help the student understand why they received that score, and will benefit learning on both sides. Try to be concise and use clear language.
After the peer evaluation deadline has passed, you will receive an email notifying you of your score. If your professor then chooses to grade the exam, you will also receive an email notifying you of your grade.
You can also see your results any time after they have been published by clicking on the course in question and then on the exam chapter.