ComPAIR is a peer assessment and feedback application in which students first answer an assignment and then compare and respond to pairs of peer answers. For each pair, students pick the answer they think better meets instructor-set criteria (e.g., “Which is better articulated?”, “Which is more accurate?”) and write feedback to each peer.
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Faculty and staff at UBC can most easily get started with ComPAIR by using Canvas. Through Canvas, you can set up a course in ComPAIR that will automatically be populated with your class list. The setup process is guided and only takes a few minutes.
To use ComPAIR with Canvas, create a link to ComPAIR and access ComPAIR through Canvas (Step 1 below).
If you wish to use grades from each ComPAIR assignment, create a unique ComPAIR assignment link (Step 2 below) in Canvas for each assignment.
Note that because of how Canvas currently works, students MUST follow the ComPAIR link from your Canvas course to initially register in your ComPAIR course. They cannot go to the ComPAIR website directly and try to log in there first; this will result in being denied access to ComPAIR and/or your ComPAIR course.
If you would like to use ComPAIR independently of Canvas, please contact the LT Hub for assistance.
After the course link is set up in Canvas, click on the link to create your ComPAIR course. (This step is required to properly link your Canvas and ComPAIR courses together.) If you are a completely new user in ComPAIR, you will first be prompted to create an account and then a course.
Once you have set up a ComPAIR course and assignments, you can link directly to ComPAIR assignments from Canvas. This is required if you want to enable automatic grade pass-back from ComPAIR assignments to Canvas. Note that every student will need to click this Canvas link to the ComPAIR assignment once. Clicking the link opens up the Canvas-ComPAIR connection for that student's grade.
To create an assignment link in Canvas:
If you have manually created your ComPAIR course directly on the ComPAIR site instead of through Canvas, you can establish a link between the two:
ComPAIR courses are most easily created with Canvas, but after setup, you can use the tool inside or outside of Canvas. However, if using Canvas for your setup, students must go through Canvas to access ComPAIR initially in order to properly register in your course.
ComPAIR is being developed by UBC's Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology, with an active working group anyone using the tool is welcome to join. Support is provided by the Learning Technology Hub and individual instructional support units.
Answers to frequently asked questions from instructor, student, and technical perspectives are available on the support site FAQ.