The UT ePortfolio contains a peer review option. The flowchart below illustrates the workflow (click the image for a larger version). Below are some explanations of the steps in this process.
Student submits product
The student creates a product just like any UT ePortfolio assignment. Because the assignment was set to ‘Peer review’, they receive a button to ‘Send to peer reviewer’. This is an anonymous process so they cannot choose a reviewer by name.
Only the first attempt goes to peer review.
Student submits to peer reviewer
The peer review distribution happens either at a pre-set date/time, or by manual action. Only students who have entered a product are included in the peer review pool. The examiner can unassign students in case of illness etc. The coordinator can follow the different stages in the status overview.
Peer reviewer submits review
The coordinator has entered a rubric that students use to assess the work. It generates a pass or fail. Peer reviewers also have to enter comments. The peer reviewer does not know whether the review resulted in a pass or fail.
Student enters peer review feedback
The student receives the comments from his/her peer reviewer. They do not see whether they received a pass or fail, just the rubric and comments. They give a 1-5 star assessment and write an evaluation of the peer review.
System: Product, grade & reviews submitted to examiner
Once the peer review evaluation has been submitted, the examiner receives the whole package in Products to grade.
Review (some) products / reviews, adjust grades
The examiner has the option to spot check the students’ work. A pass can be changed to a fail and vice versa.
Process complete or final version needed?
The system is set up to handle two scenarios: peer review only, or peer review as a first step, followed by a final version to the examiner.
Examiner sends out grades
In case of the first scenario, the assignment was just for the students to grade each other. The examiner will now send out the grades.
Students who passed are done, but students who failed will need to resubmit a revised product.
Return without grading
A second scenario is that students need to submit a final version to the examiner, incorporating the feedback from their peer. In this case the examiner returns all products without grading. All students receive the assignment back in their inbox, with review and initial pass/fail visible to them (but not the name of the reviewer, as the entire process is anonymous).
Student submits to examiner
When the system detects that this is a second (or higher) attempt, the product is routed straight to the examiner.
Examiner grades product
For second (or higher) attempts, the examiner receives the products for grading just like any other UT ePortfolio assignment.
The process is complete.
Below is a screenshot of the student view once the whole peer review process has been completed.
The description above is a brief introduction. If you are interested in using this functionality for your UT programme, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.