As an exercise, for peer review of the first draft of research paper #1, I asked my students to make a video of themselves reading their paper and then post this video on their respective blogs. Then I paired up those students who posted videos, and asked them to comment on each other's readings by responding to the two questions: how the ideas discussed in body paragraphs are related and whether they support the thesis, and whether the paper is clear. Currently, 19 of 22 students have completed the first draft of research paper #1;11 of the 19 students have posted videos. I'm not sure if this is due to lack of access to media equipment necessary, or are students uncomfortable with reading out loud and posting a video of them doing so on their blog? Or maybe they just chose not to do the assignment. Tonight, I was listening/viewing their videos, and what I found, and what often happens, is that students read in corrections(subject verb agreement or pauses in run on sentences) as they were reading their work out loud. But now, how do I get them to make those corrections on their papers?
As this assignment is due Wed. May 11, only few students have comments on their partner's work.
But, the most interesting comment thus far is the one my student received from a student from Prof. Van's Honors Literature class. Or at least, I assume it is Prof. Van's student as she and I decided to connect our classes for a peer review session. Although I forgot to mention, to Prof. Van, that my students will be posting videos of them reading their work, one of her students viewed the video of my student reading her work and he advised her that he "would also delete this video, as it sounds flagrantly racist and your 101 classmates are bound to take it out of context just like anyone else would."
I viewed my student's video and read her paper, and do not agree with the student's comments but maybe I'm missing/missed something? If anyone is interested, go to my student's blog and view her video-http://angela0764.blogspot.com/