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Peer review of writing can help students improve not only their writing but also their reading and collaboration skills. Through a well-designed process, students assess each other’s work, providing feedback on whatever elements of writing the instructor has determined are most significant – for instance, organization, grammar, documentation, citation, transitions, and style and voice.


Recently integrated into ICON, Peerceptiv has proven to be a very useful peer-review of writing tool for UI students and instructors. It enables instructors to describe the assignment and the process of peer review, create reviewing rubrics, and establish a communication framework for students to share and respond to each other’s work. The platform supports peer review not only of written work such as articles, essays, legal briefs, and letters, but also videos, business plans, presentations and other written work that can benefit from formative assessment through peer assessment.


Two UI instructors share their positive experiences incorporating Peerceptiv into their courses.


Kristine Munoz, Professor of Communication Studies: “I was always troubled that in Communication Studies we claimed we taught students to – communicate effectively in writing – yet writing assignments were, for most students, a first draft pulled together shortly before the due date. Even when we put significant effort into giving feedback, most simply looked at their grade and went on. Peerceptiv guides them through drafts of other students’ work, and most of the learning happens by seeing what their peers are doing well and poorly. They also get reviews, often careful, insightful and quite useful, on the basis of which they do second drafts of their papers. I have seen a significant improvement in the quality of student writing since I incorporated Peerceptiv into my students’ learning experience.”


Charles Munro, Visiting Instructor of Journalism & Mass Communication: “I have tried other evaluative software. Some anonymous, some not. I find it only works when students put honest, serious effort into it. That kind of effort emerges only when a grade is at stake. For that reason, I really like Peerceptiv’s back evaluation (review-the-reviewer) feature. It’s students holding other students accountable for what they write for a grade. I believe strongly that students learn best when they get thoughtful feedback on their written work. In large classes doing that is immensely time consuming. I have found that students react positively to the feedback provided by peers and submit better final reports as a result.”


For more information about adding the Peerceptiv tool to your ICON course site, please contact the ITS Help Desk at 319-384-4357 or its-helpdesk@uiowa.edu.