Documentation:Connect/Create and Edit iPeer Evaluations (How to)

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After you have created course groups in iPeer, you will be able to distribute three types of evaluation forms to the students in each of your course groups. They will complete the evaluation form(s) by logging into iPeer using their Campus Wide Login (CWL) and being taken to a list of evaluations associated with their student number. Before distribution of your evaluation however, you will need to create an evaluation form or edit an existing one to send out with your event.

This document will show you how to:

  • Identify the different evaluation types in iPeer
  • Create evaluations in iPeer
  • Edit existing evaluation templates in iPeer
  • Identify instructor best practices facilitated by this function

Video

Watch the video below to go through the steps in video format:

Create an Evaluation Template in iPeer

  1. From within your Connect course environment, click on iPeer in the Course Tools menu of the Control Panel on the lower left side bar of the page.
    The Course Tools menu and iPeer link are shown above.
  2. Now you are on the Managing iPeer Course Connection page. Click Manage Course in iPeer in the action box on the right.
    The Manage Course in iPeer button is boxed in red within the Actions box.
  3. Now you are on your iPeer course page. Click on the Evaluation tab.
  4. On this page you can see 5 tables with your various evaluation and survey templates. From the links above the table of the evaluation type of your preference, click Add XXXXX Evaluation. Each evaluation type has a unique creation form.
    This image shows the user's Evaluations Tab page.

Simple Evaluations

Students assess the contributions of their fellow group members by distributing a set number of points (e.g. 100) among them.

  1. On the form for Simple Evaluations, before saving, enter:
    • Evaluation Name (required)
    • Description (optional)
    • Base Point Per Member: recommended values between 10 and 100
    • Availability: choose "private" by default, or "public" if you would like other instructors to be able to use this template
    This image shows the Simple Evaluation creation form.


Rubric Evaluations

The evaluation process is similar to a multiple choice questionnaire; each group member rates the others on a scale called "level of mastery".

  1. On the first form for Rubric Evaluations, before clicking next, enter:
    • Evaluation Name
    • Levels of Mastery: This is the number of levels on the sliding scale students will evaluate each other on. For example, using a value of 5, instructors might set students' choices for evaluating their classmate's contributions as Very Poor, Poor, Average, Good. or Very Good.
    • Number of Criteria: This is the number of aspects to rate a student's contributions by. For example, one criterion instructors could use might be "participated in meetings".
    • Availability: choose "private", or "public" if you would like other instructors to be able to use this as a template
    • Zero Mark: Set whether or not you would like the sliding scale's first Level of Mastery (e.g. Very Poor in above example) to equal zero points.
    This image shows the first page of the Rubric Evaluation creation form.
  2. After you have clicked Next, you will begin entering the required information to the second and final page of the Rubric creation form.
    • You can review the information you provided on the previous page. If you decide to change any of it you can do so from this page. To update the Rubric Preview on the lower half of the page with any of these changes please click the Preview (Update Format) button.
    • Enter the titles of each Level of Mastery (e.g. Very Poor, Poor, Average, Good, Very Good).
    • Enter the titles of each criterion (e.g. "participated in meetings").
    • If you like, enter a Specific Comment for each Criteria Level of Mastery to make each value clearer (e.g. "Active participation in all meetings").
    • If you like, adjust the marks associated with each Level of Mastery for each criterion. Note, if you do decide to change these values, ensure that your Criteria Weight (column furthest to the right) is equal to the number of marks awarded by the highest Level of Mastery.
    This image shows the second page of the Rubric Evaluation creation form.
  3. Review your page to ensure everything is ready before clicking the Save button.

Mixed Evaluations

A mix of the two evaluation options above. Using this evaluation type you can create a rubric type evaluation using Likert Questions, and Comment Question (similar to Short Answer Questions). In a Likert question, students will select between a number of Likert Scale answers (Strongly Disagree, Disagree, Neutral, Agree, Strongly Agree). In a Comment Question question, students will enter text for the instructors unautomated interpretation.

On the first form for Mixed Evaluations, before clicking Save, enter:

  1. Evaluation Name
  2. Availability: choose "private", or "public" if you would like other instructors to be able to use this template
  3. Zero Mark: Set whether or not you would like the sliding scale to begin with the first Level of Mastery (e.g. Very Poor in above example) equaling to zero points.
  4. You can add a Likert Question by clicking the Add Likert Question button. Before moving on to another question or completing your evaluation, enter:
    • Your question text.
    • The total marks possible in the Scale Weight drop-down menu.
    • Text to describe each value on the scale (you certainly do not have to use typical Likert Style answers). Click the Add button next to the word Descriptor to do this.
  5. You can add a Comment Question by clicking the Add Comment Question button. Before moving on to another question or completing your evaluation, enter:
    • Your question text.
    • If needed, instructions on how to answer the question.
    • Set the Student's Answer Option to allow for a Single line of text input box or a Multiple lines of text input box.
    This image shows the Mixed Evaluation creation form.

Edit and Customize an Exisiting Evaluation Template in iPeer

  1. From within your Connect course environment, click on iPeer in the Course Tools menu of the Control Panel on the lower left side bar of the page.
  2. Now you are on the Managing iPeer Course Connection page. Click Manage Course in iPeer in the action box on the right.
  3. Now you are on your iPeer course page. Click on the Evaluation tab.
  4. On this page you will see a series of sub-tabs that categorize the types of templates you can create in iPeer (All My Tools, Simple Evaluations, Rubrics, etc.). Select the tab corresponding to the type of evaluation you are looking for.
  5. Find a template you want to edit.
    • If you are looking for your own template you can speed up the process using the Evaluations to Show drop-down menu to select My Evaluations instead of all.
  6. Once you have found the template you plan to edit, right-click it and click Edit Evaluation.
    • Note: If you have chosen a template created by another user you will need to create a copy of this template (right-click evaluation title in list and click copy) and then edit the copy in order to get permission to edit the content of that template.
  7. Once on the Edit Template page, be sure to complete the same steps as when creating a template for a specific evaluation type in the instructions above.


Effective Practices

The Connect Learning Management System significantly expands the toolsets of teachers and learners. This function directly:

  • Streamlines peer evaluation processes
  • Integrates survey technology to enable the grouping of students by survey responses
  • Immerses students in effective and innovative use of the LMS encouraging participation and exploration in these learning technologies

This function supports a number of Chickering and Gamson's Seven Principles, including:[1]

1. Good practice encourages student - faculty contact
2. Good practice encourages interaction and collaboration between students
4. Good practice gives prompt feedback

We encourage both students and instructors to read more about the Seven Principles to see how they can inform your teaching and learning.

References

  1. Chickering, A. W., & Ehrmann, S. C. (1996). Implementing the seven principles. AAHE Bulletin, 49(2), 2-4. [1]