peerScholar

What Can I Use It For?

Students working collaborative on laptops together

The peerScholar peer assessment tool enables students to provide constructive feedback on each others’ work and facilitates critical reflection on how they might improve their own work. peerScholar targets meta-cognitive thought processes, even in very large class contexts. Developed by Professor Steve Joordens and Dwayne Pare at the University of Toronto Scarborough, the tool is designed to allow students to think critically and creatively, to be analytic, and to communicate their thoughts clearly through peer assessment. peerScholar is available for use in Quercus courses.

Special Notes

Important note about grading and peerScholar:
At U of T, Instructors or TAs, rather than students, must provide the final grades on peerScholar assignments.

These final grades may be informed by peer feedback and must be interpreted by an expert grader in combination with other pedagogical factors that are relevant (e.g., the quality of peer comments, etc). This approach allows the evidence-based pedagogical benefits of peer-assessment to be harnessed in a way that is consistent with current institutional labour practices.

This Academic Toolbox tool helps you...
Connect & Communicate / Assess Student Work & Provide Feedback / Teach from a Distance
Typical course activity format:
Synchronous or Asynchronous
Quercus Intergration
Integrated Tool

Where Can I Get More Support?

Cost
Centrally Funded

How to Get Started

The peerScholar peer assessment tool enables students to provide constructive feedback on each others’ work.

How to Use This Tool

The peerScholar peer assessment tool enables students to provide constructive feedback on each others’ work and facilitates critical reflection on how they might improve their own work. peerScholar targets meta-cognitive thought processes, even in very large class contexts. Developed by Professor Steve Joordens and Dwayne Pare at the University of Toronto Scarborough, the tool is designed to allow students to think critically and creatively, to be analytic, and to communicate their thoughts clearly through peer assessment. peerScholar is available for use in Quercus courses.

Instructions

  • How to use peerScholar

    Step-by-Step Instructions

    peerScholar assignments are created by selecting the option for peerScholar when you create an assignment in your Quercus course.

    1. Select Assignments from the left side menu and the “+ Assignment” button at top right OR  if creating this from within a module, select the the “+” button (and select Assignment> [New Assignment])

    2. Within the assignments setting page, when you reach the “Submission Type” section, select “External Tool” from the dropdown menu (as shown below)

    Within the Assignments setting page select External Tool from the tool dropdown menu

    3. In the alphabetical list, scroll until you see “peerScholar” and select it, then click select (as seen below).

    Scroll to peerScholar on tool list and select it

    4. The submission type window will show that you have selected peerScholar and we recommend that you enable the “Load this Tool in a New Tab” option that appears at the bottom of the Submission type window (as shown below).
    Load this tool in a new tab

    5. Once you have finished choosing all of the assignment settings and you have saved it, when you click on this assignment, it should appear as below:

    peerScholar Assignment box. This tool needs to be loaded in a new browser window. Box to select "Load peerScholar Assignment in a new window"

    6. Click the “Load peerScholar assignment …” button and you will be taken to the peerScholar interface. The first option you see will be a confirmation to create your assignment or copy a previously created peerScholar assignment (if you have already created previous assignments).

    peerScholar interface. New Activity. Activity Title: Demo peerScholar assignment. Option to copy an existing activity. Cancel or Continue.

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