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“We’re No Longer Wasting Our Class Time!”: SFSU and Eli Review co-lead a workshop at CCCC@SJSU

Which option BEST describes your peer learning method? Handing out a list of printed questions to groups, hoping they will stay on task An electronic file exchange where it takes 3x longer to figure out who told what to whom than it did for students to actually give feedback An app that shows feedback given […]

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You CAN fit in an Eli Review free trial before the end of Spring 2017

Like you, I’m counting down the days until the semester wraps up. My first-year writing students at a community college are working on finishing up a fourth major project. We’re all tired. To do our best work now, we need tiny goals. By assigning reviews that focus on only one aspect of the final draft, […]

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Partnering with Eli Review

Eli Review has been designed in partnership with teachers and students from day one in Michigan State’s Writing in Digital Environments Research Center. Back in 2006, we—Jeff Grabill, Bill Hart-Davidson, Mike McLeod—invented Eli to make possible a pedagogy of frequent feedback and revisions cycles. The specific need was to support evidence-based teaching practices and facilitate […]

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Giver’s Gain in Peer Learning

Bill Hart-Davidson uses the catchphrase “giver’s gain” to describe the benefits of being a helpful reviewer. Giver’s gain comes from actively thinking alongside another writer: What you read, you too can imitate. What you detect, you too can correct. What you explain, you too can remember. What you suggest, you too can try. It can […]

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“Doneness” and Revision

Eli puts so much emphasis on feedback in order to drive revision because that’s where learning happens. Getting students to revise is hard work, even if they’ve gotten excellent comments from peers and the instructor’s debriefing. In their article in the Fall 2016 Composition Studies, Rob McAlear and Mark Pedretti reported two of the 10 […]

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