Progress Update – Pilot Trials of the Improved Tool

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The new changes proposed to the tool (see post 1 of Phase2) were all implemented.  Three modules were chosen to do the pilot trials. They were:

Level 4 modules:

CSY1043: Fundamentals of Computing Systems (Tutor: Dr Michael Opoku)

CSY1019: Software Engineering1 (Tutor: Mark Johnson)

Level 7 Module:

CSYM028: Modern Computer Architecture (Tutor: Michael Opoku)

All the above modules had group work as part of their assignment.  The modules were all set up by the tool. A list of all the groups were then imported from a csv file. This csv file could have been exported from NILE (NILE allows you to form student groups). A web link (URL) to enable peer marking was generated by the tool for each module. This link enables each student to sign in using the student id and then rate each member in their group on a scale of 0-5. 0 shows little to none of the expected contribution and 5 demonstrates a large contribution to the final piece of work. Self-assessment or rating your own self was not permitted (as opposed to Spark Plus). An announcement was placed in each of the above modules to inform the students about the link and procedure for peer marking. Most students participated in the peer marking process. A few students who did not participate were chased using NILE reminders/emails.

A group technical report and presentation were submitted by each group as the final piece of work. This is now being assessed/graded by the tutors using rubrics on NILE.  The next step would be to enter the group grade into the tool (GPM) for each group. The tool would then combine the group grade with the average peer score received by each student to calculate the individual grade for each student.

The final list of grades for each student may then be exported to a csv file. It is also possible to export only the peer scores received by each student to a csv file.



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