Hacking Peergrade: Exemplars

Wait, what? That’s right we are going to teach you how to hack Peergrade and use it as an exemplary assignment. An exemplar assignment is a great way to begin to introduce the concept of peer feedback to your students or just to get a little practice before jumping into peer feedback. The idea is to let all students give feedback to the same piece of work using the assessment rubric.

We’ve “hacked” together a way that you can upload a piece of work and have all students comment and give feedback to that same piece of work. It’s a great way to get students familiar with the process of peer feedback and get used to the Peergrade interface.

An exemplar can be used anytime and are especially useful at the beginning of a course to help you assess student’s understanding of the feedback criteria and calibrate students feedback skills. The feedback reactions will also point out the areas that students need to improve upon for giving peer feedback, such as kindness or specificity.

Let’s get to it! Here’s how to set up an exemplary assignment:

Step 1:

Log into your Peergrade account and choose the class you want to create the assignment for. Or create a new class!

Step 2:

Click the create assignment button.

Step 3:

Here’s where we hack!

In the “Assignment description” enter the exemplary text or piece of work that you want the students to give feedback on. An easy way to do this is to enter a link to a Google Drive document. However, you can also enter the text directly in the description box or provide a PDF document that students can download and then re-upload as their own submission. We’ll continue the guide here using the example with a link to a Google Document.

Alongside the link, provide instructions for your students to copy and paste the link (make sure the sharing options for the Google Doc are turned on) as their own hand-in. This way, all students will submit the same thing (the exemplar).

By having each student submit the exemplar they will also receive feedback and be exposed to different views and ways of giving feedback.

Step 4:

Continue creating your rubric as normal. However, change the number of peer reviews the students need to complete to 1. Since all submissions will be the same, there is no reason to have students evaluate multiple submissions. It looks like this…

Step 5:

Boom 💥. Just like that you’ve hacked Peergrade and made an exemplary assignment. Students will give feedback as normal and will also give feedback reactions. The unique part of turning Peergrade into an exemplary assignment is that students are exposed to other students viewpoints and feedback. Feedback reactions will also be able to help you spot where students have room to improve their feedback skills.

Need more help setting up your exemplary assignment? Tweet us and let us know!

*The inspiration for this article came from Peergrade teacher Chris Cole, read about some of the other innovative ways Chris is using Peergrade in his teacher story.

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