Presenter Information

Susan White, Bryn Mawr CollegeFollow

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Submission Type

Event

Abstract

Motivated by my experience as a student in a MOOC, I have incorporated online peer review of writing assignments into my advanced undergraduate biochemistry courses. Each student submits her review of a course reading or report online, then evaluates work submitted by two or three of her classmates based on a rubric I provide. As peer reviewers, students anonymously assign low-stakes grades and receive credit for their reviews, but they also get an opportunity to write for each other and read their classmate's responses to course topics. Moodle’s Workshop activity was used to manage the submission and review process. I will discuss student reactions and Moodle limitations, as well as some of my experience with MOOCs that led me to develop this approach.

Location

Thomas 110

Start Date

5-20-2013 1:30 PM

End Date

5-20-2013 2:30 PM

Comments

Susan White is a professor of chemistry at Bryn Mawr College. Her research focuses on how the irregular structural features in RNA molecules contribute to their thermodynamic stability and function as sites for protein recognition, and has been supported by the NIH, NSF and the Mellon Foundation. She received her BA from Dartmouth College, her PhD from The Johns Hopkins University. Before joined the Bryn Mawr faculty she held a postdoctoral position Yale University. She also taught science for several years as a Peace Corps volunteer in Togo, West Africa.

 
May 20th, 1:30 PM May 20th, 2:30 PM

Bringing Online Peer Review into Blended Teaching

Thomas 110

Motivated by my experience as a student in a MOOC, I have incorporated online peer review of writing assignments into my advanced undergraduate biochemistry courses. Each student submits her review of a course reading or report online, then evaluates work submitted by two or three of her classmates based on a rubric I provide. As peer reviewers, students anonymously assign low-stakes grades and receive credit for their reviews, but they also get an opportunity to write for each other and read their classmate's responses to course topics. Moodle’s Workshop activity was used to manage the submission and review process. I will discuss student reactions and Moodle limitations, as well as some of my experience with MOOCs that led me to develop this approach.