Jim Lindsey, Western Kentucky University
Peer Evaluations, Peer Critiques, Custom
Projects and Small Group Discussions
Who am I?
• Jim Lindsey, Instructor
• Western Kentucky University
– Computer Information Systems
– Computer Information Te...
Water Dog
Today’s Agenda
• Topics
– Small Group
Discussions
– Custom Projects
– Peer Critiques
– Peer Evaluations
• Questions
– What...
Who are you?
• What is your name?
• Name of the
school/company you
represent.
• What is your favorite subject
to teach? Wh...
Small Group Discussions:
What are They?
• Large classrooms
• Groups of 3 or 4
• Reporting back
• Encouraging,
challenging,...
Small Group Discussions:
Pros
• Students think critically
• Students’ communication skills
improve
– Practice articulating...
Small Group Discussions:
Pros
• Students learn from each
other
• Smart, shy students are
forced to participate
• Students ...
Small Group Discussions:
Cons
• Some students don’t
want to participate
– Extremely shy
– Sage on the stage
• Some groups ...
Small Group Discussions:
Cons
• Some groups talk
too much
• Some groups go
down the wrong
track
Small Group Discussions:
Implementation
• We did this!
Small Group Discussions:
Examples
• We did this!
Small Group Discussions:
Lessons Learned
• Use this technique
judiciously
– Get/maintain attention
– Hard topics?
• Compen...
Small Group Discussions:
Application
• Identify one way that a teammate (not you) could
implement this technique in their ...
Custom Projects:
What are They?
• Individualized
assignments
• Same instructions
• Same grading rubric
Custom Projects:
Pros
• Students cannot cheat
• Students can share work
• High performance bar
Custom Projects:
Cons
• Each students does
something different
• Grading can take
awhile
• Sometimes requires
flexibility
Custom Projects:
Implementation
• Instructions have to be
clear
• Encourage/reward
creativity
• Have students post their
w...
Custom Projects:
Examples
LinkedIn
Twitter
Web sites
CIT 436
CIS 141
Custom Projects:
Lessons Learned
• Encourage your better
students to:
– Finish early
– Post their work for
others to see
Peer Critiques:
What are They?
• Students provide
feedback to peers
about their
performance on
assignments
• Teacher provi...
Peer Critiques:
Pros
• Worker gets detailed feedback from
peers
• Students get practice assessing
someone’s work
• Evaluat...
Peer Critiques:
Cons
• Some students want
teacher to do ALL
evaluation
• Some students will not
rate peers accurately
Peer Critiques:
Implementation
• Create a concise rubric
– Post the rubric early
– Explain it clearly
– Make students prac...
Peer Critiques:
Examples
• CIT 436 Research Papers
• CIS 141 Presentation
Peer Critiques:
Lessons Learned
• Communicate your
expectations in the
beginning!
• Provide examples
• As much as possible...
Peer Evaluations:
What are They?
• At end of a group project,
students score the
performance of ALL
teammates
• Teacher pr...
Peer Evaluations:
Pros
• Motivates students to
perform
• Students get practice
assessing other people’s
work
• Venting mec...
Peer Evaluations:
Cons
• Some students want
teacher to do ALL
evaluation
• Some students will not
rate peers accurately
Peer Evaluations:
Implementation
• Create a concise rubric
– Post the rubric early
– Explain it clearly
– Make students pr...
Peer Evaluations:
Examples
• CIS 141
Video
Project
Peer Evaluations:
Lessons Learned
• Communicate your
expectations in the
beginning!
• As much as possible,
make needed cor...
Application
• How could you include custom
projects, peer critiques or peer
evaluations in your favorite
class?
Questions
PEER EVALUATIONS, PEER CRITIQUES, CUSTOM PROJECTS
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Jim Lindsey, Western Kentucky University
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Peer evaluations, peer critiques and custom projects course technology computing conference

  1. 1. Jim Lindsey, Western Kentucky University Peer Evaluations, Peer Critiques, Custom Projects and Small Group Discussions
  2. 2. Who am I? • Jim Lindsey, Instructor • Western Kentucky University – Computer Information Systems – Computer Information Technology – Systems Management • jim.lindsey@wku.edu
  3. 3. Water Dog
  4. 4. Today’s Agenda • Topics – Small Group Discussions – Custom Projects – Peer Critiques – Peer Evaluations • Questions – What are they? – Pros – Cons – Implementation – Examples – Lessons Learned
  5. 5. Who are you? • What is your name? • Name of the school/company you represent. • What is your favorite subject to teach? Why? • What is your least favorite subject to teach? Why?
  6. 6. Small Group Discussions: What are They? • Large classrooms • Groups of 3 or 4 • Reporting back • Encouraging, challenging, drawing others into a conversation
  7. 7. Small Group Discussions: Pros • Students think critically • Students’ communication skills improve – Practice articulating opinions – Practice debating and persuading • Students’ presentation skills improve (via small and large group discussions)
  8. 8. Small Group Discussions: Pros • Students learn from each other • Smart, shy students are forced to participate • Students get to know their classmates • Students don’t get as bored during class
  9. 9. Small Group Discussions: Cons • Some students don’t want to participate – Extremely shy – Sage on the stage • Some groups do not answer questions as instructed
  10. 10. Small Group Discussions: Cons • Some groups talk too much • Some groups go down the wrong track
  11. 11. Small Group Discussions: Implementation • We did this!
  12. 12. Small Group Discussions: Examples • We did this!
  13. 13. Small Group Discussions: Lessons Learned • Use this technique judiciously – Get/maintain attention – Hard topics? • Compensation • Competition can be good! • Role in a flipped classroom?
  14. 14. Small Group Discussions: Application • Identify one way that a teammate (not you) could implement this technique in their favorite class.
  15. 15. Custom Projects: What are They? • Individualized assignments • Same instructions • Same grading rubric
  16. 16. Custom Projects: Pros • Students cannot cheat • Students can share work • High performance bar
  17. 17. Custom Projects: Cons • Each students does something different • Grading can take awhile • Sometimes requires flexibility
  18. 18. Custom Projects: Implementation • Instructions have to be clear • Encourage/reward creativity • Have students post their work –all of it!
  19. 19. Custom Projects: Examples LinkedIn Twitter Web sites CIT 436 CIS 141
  20. 20. Custom Projects: Lessons Learned • Encourage your better students to: – Finish early – Post their work for others to see
  21. 21. Peer Critiques: What are They? • Students provide feedback to peers about their performance on assignments • Teacher provides a concise grading rubric!
  22. 22. Peer Critiques: Pros • Worker gets detailed feedback from peers • Students get practice assessing someone’s work • Evaluators pay close attention to worker • Everyone learns (from good and bad examples)
  23. 23. Peer Critiques: Cons • Some students want teacher to do ALL evaluation • Some students will not rate peers accurately
  24. 24. Peer Critiques: Implementation • Create a concise rubric – Post the rubric early – Explain it clearly – Make students practice – Give students feedback about their practice work – Hold everyone accountable • Compensate Evaluators
  25. 25. Peer Critiques: Examples • CIT 436 Research Papers • CIS 141 Presentation
  26. 26. Peer Critiques: Lessons Learned • Communicate your expectations in the beginning! • Provide examples • As much as possible, make needed corrections along the way
  27. 27. Peer Evaluations: What are They? • At end of a group project, students score the performance of ALL teammates • Teacher provides a concise scoring rubric!
  28. 28. Peer Evaluations: Pros • Motivates students to perform • Students get practice assessing other people’s work • Venting mechanism • Bragging mechanism
  29. 29. Peer Evaluations: Cons • Some students want teacher to do ALL evaluation • Some students will not rate peers accurately
  30. 30. Peer Evaluations: Implementation • Create a concise rubric – Post the rubric early – Explain it clearly – Make students practice – Give students feedback about their practice work – Hold everyone accountable • Compensate Evaluators
  31. 31. Peer Evaluations: Examples • CIS 141 Video Project
  32. 32. Peer Evaluations: Lessons Learned • Communicate your expectations in the beginning! • As much as possible, make needed corrections along the way • Penalize lazy people
  33. 33. Application • How could you include custom projects, peer critiques or peer evaluations in your favorite class?
  34. 34. Questions
  35. 35. PEER EVALUATIONS, PEER CRITIQUES, CUSTOM PROJECTS AND SMALL GROUP DISCUSSIONS Jim Lindsey, Western Kentucky University

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