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Using Technology for Peer Review


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Liberal Arts Math writing and research component uploaded to the Internet at Google Knol for peer review and evaluation. Significant increase in academic quality!

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Using Technology for Peer Review

  1. 1. GOOGLE KNOL Using Technology and Peer-Review forTeaching and Learning Mathematics Fred Feldon, Coastline CC November 11, 2011 # T3A
  2. 2. “Mathematics is not a careful marchdown a well-cleared highway, but ajourney into a strangewilderness, where the explorers oftenget lost.”-- W. S. Anglin, author of Mathematics: A Concise History and Philosophy, 1994
  3. 3. • “Peer review raises academic standards in the classroom.” CarolBoston, ERIC Clearinghouse on Assessment and Evaluation, University ofMaryland, College Park, 2002• “When students are asked to write for one another, they writemore effectively.” Richard Light, Harvard University, 2003• “Peer review ensures that the material is correct, as well asrelevant, original and well written for the readers.” Ellen Yi-LuenDo, Department of Architecture, University of Washington, 2004• “Peer review ensures the quality of papers that arepublished, sets scientific standards of the discipline and subtlerstandards of collegiality, behavior and ethics.” Ethics of Peer Review: AGuide for Manuscript Reviewers, Sara Rockwell, Ph.D., Yale University School ofMedicine, 2005• “Collaborative peer review is well suited as a formativeevaluation.” Larry Keig and Michael Waggoner, Truman State University, TheCenter for Teaching and Learning, 1994
  4. 4. • “Sharing student course work is an example of „socialpedagogies‟ defined as engaging students with an authenticaudience--which could be other students.” Derek Bruff, Director of theCenter for Learning and a senior lecturer in mathematics at VanderbuiltUniverity, “The Chronicle of Higher Education November 9, 2011.
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  6. 6. • User-written articles• Compares to Wikipedia, Citizendium, and Scholarpedia but• Stresses personal expertise and authorship like Squidoo, HubPages and Helium
  7. 7. • Opened to the public in 2008• Google account required• No policy regarding source or neutrality• Each article may be rated and commented on• Search by author or topic or key words
  8. 8. As of October, 2011, Google Knol achieved: • Top 1000 web platforms (#831) • 6.5 million unique visitors per month • 600,000 papers have been published • By 35,000 authors
  9. 9. The Project -- Students Choose One:
  10. 10. Some Notable Examples…
  11. 11. Shaina Cohen‟s Knol at incorporates knitting AND linguistics into mathematics and fractals!Elisa Swift‟s Knol at Quote, “I want to enroll in more math classes!”Erica Segovia‟s Knol at her 8-year old son who loves math watched it withher.Derrick Davenport Summer 2011 included the latest video on Guinness beer foamcomposed of tetraki tetrahedra!Tiffany Smith has a 3D working Hypercube AND the Kool-Aid Man. It doesn‟t getany better than that!
  12. 12. Thank You This presentation is available to download at for-peer-review