iversity Project Guidelines for Students
- Peer Evaluation
A project may require a submission 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’. To do this, highlight the files, right click on them and choose ‘compress’. For instructions on how to do this on a Mac click here and on Windows click here.
Your work is automatically saved periodically but you can also choose to save the current state of your work by clicking the ‘save’ button. You can then leave the project and come back and change your work later, as long as it is before its deadline. You may only change your work before you click on the ‘submit’ button. After you click ‘submit’, you cannot go back and make changes.
Failure to submit your answers or missing the deadline will result in failing the project. Make note of the time (and timezone) by which the project is due.
2) Peer Evaluation
You will be required to score 5 of your fellow classmates’ submissions in order to receive credit for your own.
Once the project 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’ work.
You are required to comment on the submissions you score. This is to explain why you gave a particular score for each criterion. 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 project, 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 project chapter.