Game and Web Design with Peer Feedback

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Steve Floro

Game and Web Design Teacher, Perry High School, Ohio, USA

Game and Web Design with Peer Feedback

In an ideal world, there would be enough class time for students to present their projects to the entire class get feedback and have the teacher hand grade each project. Unfortunately, very few teachers live in this ideal world where there is time for everything.

Steve Floro teaches Game and Web Design to high school students in Ohio. His course is heavily dependent on hands-on projects where students are developing video games or learning the basics of building websites. Steve already believed in the idea of peer feedback to help teach students to review and check their own work. Peer feedback is actually a big catalyst for self-reflection, drawing students attention to how they could improve their own work or even reflect on how they could have approached the project differently. Peergrade allowed Steve to implement peer feedback with the customization of the number of reviewers and the randomization he was looking for.

I believe it opens their eyes to see where they may have made a mistake, along with giving them peer motivation to do their best. Click To Tweet

Setting up peer feedback for Game and Web Design

When students are given a new project at the start of a class period, they have until the start of the next class period to finish and submit their project to Peergrade. The next class period the students will start giving feedback to one another’s projects. “It makes the deadline clear to students and allows them some wiggle room for getting it turned in if need be.”

This means that Steve has broken down his class into many smaller assignments, nearly 11 in one class. In the Web Design class, assignments include CSS, Colors, Fonts, and Site Organization. While that seems like a lot of assignments, students are getting the chance to develop one skill, reflect and review before moving on to mastering another skill.

Another way Steve keeps the assignment load manageable is clear and short rubrics. Below is an excerpt from Steve’s rubric for the assignment on “Fonts”.

Steve’s Advice for New Peergraders

Start with just one class, and walk through the process with them, showing them how to download the project (or click the link to a document), and how they can use the rubric to give a grade for each section.  Then watch as the results are all compiled before your eyes, showing you what each student has earned from their peers. It’s a beautiful thing to behold as an educator.

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