PRAZE is a great tool that helps academic staff to administer student peer review activities in their subjects. Teamwork and communication skills are increasingly recognised as an important part of the graduate skillset. PRAZE can help to manage the sometimes onerous process of implementing peer review (particularly when large cohorts of students are involved).
However…there are a few things to be aware of when using PRAZE to implement peer review. Here are my top four tips to help you avoid PRAZE pain.
Top Four PRAZE “Gotchas”
1. Once the PRAZE assignment has been set up, the LMS link to the PRAZE assignment must be made “visible” to students, on the relevant LMS page.
2. To submit their peer assessments on PRAZE, students must press the “Save” button. There is no separate “Submit Your Answers” button.
3. The PRAZE system does not currently allow staff to export qualitative comments / feedback made by students (as at 6 June 2013). The system only exports the ratings awarded by students to their peers/themselves (expressed as numbers on a scale, and as team averages). It is possible to manually copy the qualitative feedback into a separate document of spreadsheet, but this is a very laborious process where group work (and consequently, peer assessment of group members) is involved.
4. PRAZE is designed to support a particular model of peer review. Do not attempt to implement a peer assessment design that is not supported by the system; it will only cause you pain! The design element becomes critical in the export of data from PRAZE – see also point 3 above. Follow the instructions in the user guides, available from the PRAZE website.
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