COIL is proud to have supported the uJudge – An Online Peer Review Tool project through our Research Initiation Grant Program.
In large enrollment university courses instructors often find it challenging to provide students with content-appropriate problems and provide sufficient practice opportunities for students to master skills, while also providing individualized feedback to each student. Student-to-student peer review is a promising approach that allows students to engage in multiple meaningful learning opportunities, and receive individualized feedback. In addition, peer review has been shown to result in improved written work from students, enhanced professional skills, and retention of instructional content. However, the organization of materials for peer review and feedback can be very time-consuming especially in courses with large enrollment. The use of online tools to assist in the peer review process is an emerging option, but existing tools have a number of limitations. This project proposes the creation and field-testing of a new peer review tool (uJudge) that supports student-to-student peer review that might precede teacher feedback for a given assignment. The proposed tool can be used for a wide variety of instructional activities, with features that will benefit both students and faculty.
Jonte (J.T.) Taylor
Assistant Professor of Special Education
210 Cedar Building
University Park, PA 16802