4 phases in a peerScholar assignment:
CARE - Create, Assess, Reflect/Revise, and Evaluate
Students read the assignment details and are asked to submit a completed assignment by a given date.
Students anonymously see several peer assignments and are asked to provide feedback on each assignment.
Students get to see what their peers thought about their own assignment. If enabled, students can revise their assignment and complete a reflection.
Students see feedback from their teacher and their final grade.
Reasons why you should use peerScholar as a teaching and learning tool
It is easy to use
Choose an assignment from the library or build one of your own. You can set up an assignment in minutes! Students submit their work directly to the application, which takes care of the distribution.
It can be accessed anytime, anywhere
Because peerScholar is web-based, all of the information that you need can be accessed wherever you are - home, school, library etc. You just need an internet connection!
It helps with differentiated instruction
Instructors can set up different groups within a peerScholar assignment with different content to address individual students’ interests and abilities.
It helps going paperless
No need to carry around student assignments with peerScholar; they are all in the cloud!
It is content-agnostic
PeerScholar is a unique tool in that it can accommodate different types of assignments from any subject area. A Visual Arts instructor can use peerScholar in his/her classroom just as easily as an English Language Arts instructor.
Traditional assignments with a 21st century twist
Instructors can easily incorporate existing assignments into peerScholar. Doing so will take all of the learning benefits of the original assignments and add to them various 21st Century skills.
Participation in a peerScholar assignment can facilitate deep learning. Our research studies highlight many benefits, including those related to 21st Century skills.
peerScholar develops critical thinking
Making comparisons is a powerful cognitive process. When students consider what makes one piece stronger than another, they enhance understanding. After students critically read, view, or listen to the work of others, they apply their new insights to their own work.
peerScholar promotes communication
The peer-assessment phase of a peerScholar assignment puts into practice the 21st century skill of communication. And because peerScholar operates in an online environment, students can give and receive feedback anytime, anywhere, and in the safety of anonymity.
peerScholar enhances creative thinking
Regardless of the medium used – writing, music, video or art – peerScholar allows each student to use their creative thinking skills when creating and assessing assignments.
peerScholar can promote collaboration
peerScholar provides students with timely feedback, from multiple perspectives, even when the instructor is unable to respond quickly. This online collaboration often continues in the classroom as group discussions or debates, increasing student engagement and participation.
peerScholar develops general technology skills
peerScholar can help foster various technology related skills, such as saving documents, downloading attachments, using knowledge-base websites, etc. Participating in just one peerScholar activity exposes student to a wide range of these concepts and skills.