The Peer Assessment Tool in Echo allows teachers to quickly make a peer and/or self assessment aligned to course outcomes.
New Tech Network rubric indicators are pre-loaded into the Peer Assessment tool, making it fast to make peer and self evaluations to use in projects aligned to particular indicators. Especially useful for assessing Agency and Collaboration.
To learn more about adding a peer assessment to your course, how students complete a peer assessment, and how to grade a peer assessment, check out these articles in the Echo Help Desk:
When doing a peer assessment it is often also useful to:
1. Determine whether you want the activity graded or just for feedback.
Both are valuable, but often teachers find the Peer Assessment Tool an effective way to give accurate Collaboration and Agency grades based on peer observations.
2. Allow for growth in the grading.
If you opt to use peer assessments in the grade, it can be useful to do the assessment multiple times in the project to allow for both candid feedback as well as peer growth. For example, you might decide to do three Peer Collaboration Evaluations over the course of the project. To allow for candid student feedback and accurate assessment, you can plan to have the first one be worth very few points, the middle a moderate amount, and the final one worth the most. That way, a student can give their peers challenging feedback early in the project if necessary with the knowledge that their peer has plenty of time to make positive adjustments and not be negatively affected grade wise.
3. Review scores before finalizing.
Although students provide grades and feedback, as teacher, you still get to be the final word on the grade in the grade book. If you see outlier scores take liberty to attend to them for the grade as well as to use them as a discussion piece with students.