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Group and Peer Review Assignments in ReggieNet

Last modified 12/20/2021

Adding a Peer Review Assignment

To create an assignment for peer review in ReggieNet:

  1. Open the Assignments tool.
  2. Click on Add under Assignments in the tool bar to add a new assignment.
  3. Fill in all the required information for the assignment. The red asterisk (*) indicates information that is required.

    Note

    For peer reviewed assignments the Grade Scale must be set to Points and the maximum possible points for the assignment must be entered.



  4. Enter the instructions for the assignment in the Text Editor box under Assignment Instructions.
  5. Choose to Add Due Date to Schedule, an announcement about the Open Date to Announcements, or Add Honor Pledge if appropriate.
  6. Choose a grading option depending on whether a Gradebook item already exists or not for this assignment.
  7. Choose Use Peer Assessment under Peer Assessment (Figure 1).

    Figure 1:
    Peer Assessment Options
  8. Choose the evaluation period for the Assignment Peer Reviews.

    Note

    Keep in mind the Accept Until date of the assignment so to allow for a review period that is appropriate. The peer review period does not begin until after the Accept Until time. In addition the Evaluation Period Finishes date/time must be set at a minimum of ten minutes after the Accept Until time.


  9. Anonymous evaluation and Allow students to see reviews of their submissions are the default settings. Uncheck either of these items if necessary.
  10. Enter the number of submissions for students to review.
  11. Enter the Instructions for reviewers.
  12. Set the Access, Submission Notification Email Options, Released Grade Notification Email Options.
  13. Select Post to add the group assignment, Preview to review, Save Draft to save and use later, or Cancel to delete the assignment.

Peer Review Submissions

  • Students will complete and submit their own assignments using the methods indicated by the instructor in the Assignments tool.
  • ReggieNet will randomly assign student submissions for review by other students

Note

If there are an odd number of students in a course but an even number of peer reviews are required to complete the assignment, ReggieNet will randomly assign extra reviews to a few students to adjust for the number of students in the course.


  • After the Accept Until date/time passes, students will be given access to complete reviews of peer assignments.

Note

There is a lag time of several minutes between the Accept Until date/time and the actual time the assignments will be available to students for review.


  1. Students will access the assignments for peer review directly through the Assignments tool.
  2. To review an assignment, students will click on the Peer Review link in the Status column next to the specific peer review assignment.
  3. See the Student's View of the Assignments Tool in Figure 2.

    Figure 2:
    Student View of the Assignments Tool
  4. Clicking on the Peer Review option gives students access to assignments for review.
  5. Students will post their critique of the assignments in the Reviewer Comments Text Editor box, and submit a point value in the Grade Box.
  6. Students finish by clicking on Submit.
  7. Submitting the Peer Review returns students to their assignment list where they will see an indication of submittal in the Assignment List Status column.


Note

  • Student peer reviews can only be submitted via the Reviewer Comments text editor box.
  • Please make students aware that clicking Save will save comments and scores on peer assignments but are only submitted to ReggieNet after clicking Submit.


Grading Peer Review Assignments

Grading of the peer review assignments is done through the Assignments tool. As students complete reviews and post them to ReggieNet, instructors can access and review the student submissions and see the scores submitted by those students. If more than one reviewer has submitted a score for a student, ReggieNet automatically adjusts those scores. Although instructors can review student scores and comments, those scores and comments cannot be adjusted or overridden by the instructor until the peer evaluation period ends. Also, ReggieNet does not require that students complete and submit reviews. It is up to the instructor to make sure students are completing their reviews.

To grade the peer review assignment:

  1. Click on the Assignments tool (Figure 1).

    Figure 1:

  2. In the Assignment Title List, click on Grade below the appropriate assignment to open the Submissions page.
  3. To grade an assignment, click on Grade beneath the name of the student. Clicking on Grade opens the Re-grading page.
  4. The peer review grade for this assignment can be accepted or overridden. The grade that is put in the Grade box is the grade that will appear in the Gradebook (Figure 2).

    Figure 2:
    Assignment Instructions window
  5. Add Instructor Comments if you wish to, in the Instructor Summary Comments Text Box (Figure 3).

    Figure 3:

  6. To finish grading and release the grade to students click on Save and Release to Student. If you are not releasing the grade, click Save and Don’t Release to Student. You can also Preview and Cancel changes if you wish.


Creating Groups

To use collaborative assignments in your ReggieNet course, groups must exist in your course. Creating groups in ReggieNet is a simple process.

  1. Click on Site Info in the left hand column of the course and then click on Manage Groups in the Site Info Toolbar (Figure 4).

    Figure 4:

  2. ReggieNet has three options for creating groups in your course. Groups can be created manually by the instructor using the Create New Group command, they can be created through student choice based on number of groups and maximum membership size using Create New Joinable Set, and they can also be created automatically using the Auto Groups command which creates groups based on number of groups or number of users per group desired.

Create New Group

  1. Click on New Group in the Site Info toolbar.
  2. Add a Group Title.
  3. Choose whether to allow members to see the other members of the group.
  4. In the Site Member List, highlight the members you wish to group by clicking on the names.
  5. Click the right arrow to the right of the Site Member List to move the selected members to the Group Member List (Figure 5).

    Figure 5:

  6. Finish creating the group by clicking Add.

Create New Joinable Set

  1. Click on Create New Joinable Set in the Site Info toolbar.
  2. Enter a group name in the Set name box.
  3. Enter the number of groups you wish to have in the Number of groups box.
  4. Enter the maximum group membership number in the Max members per group box.
  5. Choose options for allowing viewing group members and leaving groups by marking the appropriate boxes (Figure 6).

    Figure 6:

  6. Add the joinable group set by clicking Add.
  7. For students to join a group they must click on the Site Info tool where they will be shown a menu with the options titled Groups you are a member of and Groups you can join (Figure 7).

    Figure 7:

  8. Choosing Groups you can join will display a list of available groups, the group title, maximum group size, members (if available), and a button of joining the group (Figure 8).

    Figure 8:

 

Auto Groups

  1. Click on Auto Groups in the Site Info tool bar and then select the role you wish to use to create separate groups
  2. Select a role from the list provided by ReggieNet.
  3. Select either Create a single group for the selected role or Create random groups from members with the selected role (Figure 9). 


    Note

    If multiple roles are selected, you will only be given the option to Create a single group for the selected role.


    Figure 9:
    Create New Groups window

  4. If a single role is selected, for example Student, multiple groups can be created based on number of groups desired or the number of members per group desired by selecting either Split by number of groups needed or Split by number of user needed per group (Figure 10).

    Figure 10:

  5. Next enter a Group title.
  6. Enter the Number of groups or Number of user per group, depending on the method of splitting site members.
  7. Finish creating groups by clicking Add.

After clicking Add, a Group List page will open showing you the groups in your course, the group titles, whether the groups are joinable or not, the number of members in each group, and the members of each group.

Removing and editing groups can also be done at this time.


Removing and Editing Groups

  1. To remove a group, check the box to the right of the group and click Remove Checked (Figure 11).

    Figure 11:

  2. To edit groups, click on the title of the group to open the Edit Group page. You can edit group titles, add or remove group members, and adjust the privacy setting for members (Figure 12).

    Figure 12:

     

Group Assignments

With groups created in your course, you can create group assignments by creating a new assignment or editing an existing assignment.

Creating a New Group Assignment

  1. While in the Assignments tool, if the Assignments home page is not displayed, click the Reset button located near the top-left of the page.
  2. On the menu bar, click Add. The Add new assignment screen will be displayed.
  3. Add a Title, Open Date, Due Date, Accept Until date, Student Submissions, and Grading options with Grade Scale.
  4. Enter the instructions for the assignment in the text editor box under Assignment Instructions.
  5. Choose to Add due date to schedule, an announcement about the open date to Announcements, or Add honor pledge if appropriate.
  6. Choose a grading option depending on whether a Gradebook item already exists or not for this assignment.
  7. Under Access, check the box Is this a collaborative submission?
    7a. Peer Assessment cannot be used in conjunction with group assignments.
  8. Highlight the radio button for Display only to selected groups and choose the appropriate groups.
  9. Set the Access, Submission Notification Email Options, Released Grade Notification Email Options.
  10. Select Post to add the group assignment, Preview to review, Save Draft to save and use later, or Cancel to delete the assignment.

After the assignment opens to students, students can upload their work to ReggieNet where it can be accessed and edited by other students in the group.

Important!

Group assignments can only be edited by group members prior to the work being submitted. Work in progress should be saved using Save Draft. If students click Submit, the assignment will be submitted and it cannot be edited.


Creating a Group Assignment from an Exiting Assignment

  1. While in the Assignments tool, if the Assignments home page is not displayed, click the Reset button located in the upper-left corner of the page.
  2. Find the assignment you want to change, and click the Edit link under its name. ReggieNet displays the Edit screen, which is essentially the same as the Add screen.
  3. Change entries such as Open Date, Due Date, and Accept Until date as needed.
  4. Under Access, check the box Is this a collaborative submission?
  5. Highlight the radio button for Display only to selected groups and choose the appropriate groups.
  6. Set the Access, Submission Notification Email Options, Released Grade Notification Email Options.
  7. Select Post to add the group assignment, Preview to review, Save Draft to save and use later, or Cancel to delete the assignment.


Getting Help

For Faculty Support with Group and Peer Review Assignments, contact the Center for Teaching and Learning at (309) 438-2542 or by email at CTLT@Ilstu.edu

To report technical issues, Submit a Help Ticket or contact the Technology Support Center at (309) 438-4357 or by email at SupportCenter@IllinoisState.edu


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