✨ Introducing Eduflow – The new and better Peergrade

tl;dr: Peergrade Free will be replaced by Eduflow Free on September 1st 2020.

When we started Peergrade back in 2015, we had no idea what kind of journey it would take us on. What started as a product for two courses at The Technical University of Denmark has grown to more than one million users and sign-ups from more than 20,000 institutions around the world. Working on Peergrade taught us many things about online learning, building scalable and user friendly software, running a business and especially about all the amazing ways people are using Peergrade.

When your users are creative, ambitious and experienced educators, then you hear many variations of “I love Peergrade! I just wish that I could do X with it“. When we built Peergrade in the early days, we had a very clear use-case for how it should work (after all, we built it for the course we were teaching ourselves). Over time we observed hundreds of different ways our product was used, and that each little change in pedagogical design required a slightly different solution. To solve this, we kept adding more features (live sessions, self reviews, teacher reviews, categories, etc), but while this made Peergrade more powerful for existing users, it also led to a much more complex product for new users. We went back to the drawing board to see how we could make Peergrade more user friendly while allowing all the good pedagogical ideas of our users to flourish. When we started categorizing the user feedback (and we looked at over 10,000 of them), some patterns started to emerge. People wanted more flexibility, they wanted us to support more learning activities than simple peer feedback and they wanted a product that was easy to use.

After 6 months of design iterations, we came to the conclusion that the best way to continue improving Peergrade, was to start from scratch and build a new foundation. This new foundation is Eduflow that we released 6 months ago. Over time we plan to replace Peergrade with Eduflow. The first step in this transition is that we will close the free version of Peergrade on 1st of September 2020, inviting everyone to join us on Eduflow instead.

Having a free product for teachers and students is important for us, and we are not changing that. Eduflow has a free version with more functionality than you get in Peergrade. If you are a user of Peergrade Basic, Peergrade Pro or Peergrade Institution, then nothing will change on the 1st of September. Your license and access to Peergrade will continue. In addition, we will extend your existing license to also cover your use of Eduflow under the same terms.

We are extremely grateful for all the feedback we have received from you – that is what has formed the design and development of Eduflow. With this new and better foundation we can launch the features that you request at a much faster rate.

 

⚖️ How does Eduflow compare to Peergrade?

Peergrade was made to help run online peer review. Our main purpose with Eduflow is to improve that experience and allow instructors to customize the peer review flow to fit their class better.

In Eduflow, all courses are built with learning activities. Each learning activity is something your students should do, for example “write a submission”, “give peer reviews”, “reflect on your feedback” or “watch a video”. In Peergrade students were always asked to submit, review and react. In Eduflow you can do the same, or change it up. If you don’t want reactions, just remove them. If you want students to resubmit their work after peer review, just add another submission activity to your learning flow. This flexibility allows you to set up more custom learning experiences for your students – for example by having a deadline on submission, but not on peer review (to get something between a live session and homework) or having deadlines on reactions.

In addition to increased flexibility, it also allows us to add new learning activities over time. With Eduflow, there is now proper support for self reviews, instructor reviews, content activities, videos, and we will keep making new activities for you. Some of the things on the roadmap are Discussions, Quizzes, Exemplar reviews and Internal group feedback.

Right now, there are still a few of the features from Peergrade that we don’t have in Eduflow. The main ones are:

  • Flagging
  • Feedback conversations
  • Problematic submissions
  • Google Classroom integration
  • Groups (only available for Peergrade Basic and Pro)
  • Weights (only available for Peergrade Pro)

We plan to have most or all of these ready in Eduflow for September.

 

💵 What does Eduflow Free look like?

With the transition to Eduflow we wanted to make a better pricing model. Instead of blocking our free users from using many of our features, we are making most features free. Instead we are putting a limit on the number of students and classes you can have at the same time. We think this is a more fair way to set up the plans that will allow all teachers to build creative learning experiences for their students.

 

🤝 We are here to help you transition

It is super important for us that the transition from Peergrade to Eduflow will be smooth and successful for our users. To make sure everyone has a good migration process we will be making video tutorials, webinars and guides for how to use Eduflow. If you have questions or want a bit more help, we are happy to schedule a call with you to guide you through using Eduflow.

 

👩‍🏫 What will happen to me as a user?

If you are using Peergrade Free

  • On September 1st, we will close Peergrade Free. You will not be able to create new classes or new assignments any longer. We will not delete any of your data automatically and you can still access it.
  • If you have an ongoing trial, that will still continue to work and allow you to use Peergrade Pro for free.
  • We hope that you will sign up for Eduflow or subscribe to Peergrade Basic or Peergrade Pro.

If you are using Peergrade Basic, Peergrade Pro or Peergrade Institution

  • Nothing will happen to your existing Peergrade setup. You can continue using Peergrade as you have done so far. We know that large institutions need to do things carefully, so we would love to talk to you about how to handle a potential future transition to Eduflow.
  • Your existing license for Peergrade will also cover use of Eduflow. Reach out to us if you have any questions about this.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

What new features will I get access to in Eduflow compared to Peergrade?

Part of the benefit of Eduflow is new features, and part of the benefit is increased flexibility in the way your setup works. If you are coming from Peergrade, we think the things you will be most excited about are:

  • Optional additional reviews: You can allow your students to give extra reviews if they want.
  • Custom reflection rubrics: You can change the rubric for the reflection activity (what was called reactions in Peergrade).
  • Resubmissions: You can allow students to resubmit after getting their feedback.
  • Course landing pages: Each course can have a custom landing page, like this: https://app.eduflow.com/course/computational-tools-for-big-data
  • Delete submissions, reviews, reflections and classes: It is now possible for teachers to delete all these things that could not be deleted in Peergrade.
  • See drafts as a teacher: Teachers are able to see draft submissions and reviews.
  • Deadlines on reflections: You can add a deadline to a reflection activity.
  • Individual student overriding: It is possible to specify deadlines and prerequisites independently for each student.
  • Better notifications: We built a whole new notification system from scratch. This means students and teachers will get better notifications about things.
  • Completely new results page: We designed a new page to view results from your course.
  • AM/PM time settings: Users can now change from 24:00 time to AM/PM.
  • Content and Video activities: Ask your students to read or watch content before or after peer review.
  • Tags: Set up peer review allocation to work in exactly the way you want it with our new powerful tagging feature.

 

Which features in Peergrade are not available in Eduflow?

Right now, the following things are not possible in Eduflow:

  • Flagging
  • Feedback conversations
  • Problematic submissions
  • Google Classroom integration
  • Clever integration
  • Groups (only available for Peergrade Basic and Pro)
  • Weights (only available for Peergrade Pro)

 

Is there a way to transfer my data to Eduflow?

Right now, there is no way to automatically move your data from Peergrade to Eduflow. It is possible that we will build this in the future, but since the system is built differently, moving data is hard.

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