Transforming learning? Moodle peer review assignment

Whilst reading this, think about transforming learning, or going from good to outstanding.

This post is to support my presentation at TeachMeet South West London 2011 (#SWLTM).

Note to all: this was an experiment with 112 pupils rather the polished use of a tried and tested tool.

After unsuccessfully attempting to use the Moodle workshop module to do a peer review assignment, I tweeted about it and received a recommendation from Gideon Williams to try the peer review assignment and received advice from his colleague Helen Bound. She had experienced a lot of niggles using workshop and had installed this plugin assignment from (link to peer review on moodle). Once installed it is available through the activities menu:

activity menu

It wasn’t as hard to set up as workshop. It is restricted to two peers. They must submit before being allowed to review. It operates on a minimum of five submissions before reviewing can begin.

The pupil sees a screen a bit like this when they have to submit (this is actually how it looks after submission):

You can see I set the criteria for marking. Pupils check each box they think applies. I set 2 marks per criterion. They receive 10 points per review. You must consider the weighting in relation to this.

Pupils will see their files to review in a similar way to above, one at a time. I had them submit links to their domo.goanimate movies they were making.

The submission appears in a new window. Moodle cleverly displays the embed and the link from simply pasting the link into the submission (a text editor window). Pops up like this:

submission example

If you thought you might be getting off the marking part, then (like me) you are sadly mistaken. You have to confirm marks before pupils receive notification of final grades. Also, when the peer reviewers have disagreed, you (as the teacher) need to resolve the conflict before a final grade can be allocated. The info is presented like this:

When you click on the review button you are presented with the reviews given by the peers and the tools required to resolve conflicts etc. It looks like this:

You amend the checked boxes on the left, enter a comment if you would like to, and save. (NB: names are hidden at all times to the pupils, but not to me)


Pupil will be pinged via email of their final grade and comments.

More info is available via the earlier Moodle link.

So, what do you think? Transforming learning? A tool to take learning from good to outstanding? Please feedback in the comments.

Transforming learning? Moodle peer review assignment

6 thoughts on “Transforming learning? Moodle peer review assignment

  1. This looks to be a really a great activity module to add in and I can see it might solve some of my own stuggles with using Moodle for peer assessment. Thanks

  2. richardsw16 says:

    Brilliant – been struggling with Moodle workshop. Hope we
    can try this out soon, and don’t have to wait until Moodle

  3. Good job! I think it’s a great activity simpler than Workshop, so more easy to implement in a course.

    But, have you considered to adapt it to Moodle 2.0? It can be a good way to assure its survival.

  4. Hey Dai – Loving this – must pass you on stuff Helen has been doing with other Assessment models – really good stuff – the potential of sound recording assessment is really exciting. Please pass on my Workshop helpsheets to RichardSw16

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