Tuesday, April 30, 2013

How the activity is going

So far it has been kind of a mixed bag with the activity.  But that's to be expected, really.  I'd say just over half of the students have posted their outlines which obviously is going to affect many students' ability to provide feedback.  Excuses have run the gamut (difficulty with wiki/technology, didn't get it done by deadline, etc.).

Of the people who posted their deadline on time and given their peers feedback...  a lot of the feedback has been good, but some of it has been a little light.  Again, to be expected.  You can't expect these things to run perfectly the first time around, so it is good that there is a second round to this.  A lot of these exercises are merely to get students to be receptive to these kinds of interactive activities.


  1. The "mixed bag" sounds true to my own experiences with peer review. Some students are quite skillful (and comfortable) at giving useful feedback, while others act like it's pulling teeth. I think modelling the kinds of responses that are helpful and appropriate helps a bit. Aside from that, it's just about practice and repetition, plus a healthy acceptance that not everyone will ever warm up to the activity. Good luck with the next rounds!

  2. Maybe your students are new to this approach, using wiki. It would be interesting to see if the no. of responses go up for the second assignment. You can also assign more points for the next one to see if more respond.

  3. I admire your attitude, Rob. I think that is exactly the type of approach we need to have when constructing and implementing these activities. We have to prepare and encourage students, but in the end, to some degree, we have to let go and just go with flow. I notice when I try to get everything perfect, and expect students to be just as excited and motivated as I am from the get-go, things usually go sour. But when I push for them to do the best they can, while realizing that this is a learning process, and allowing for things to go wrong, I usually get much better results and a few less gray hairs come the end of the semester.