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The Peer Learning PR Problem

No one cheers for broccoli or for the coach who calls for another lap. Peer learning is like that extra workload that you’re thankful for after it’s over. Like athletes, sometimes students will need a pep talk from the coach before a hard practice. Instructors can help students who have previously experienced poor results from […]

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Fall 2016 in the Rearview Mirror

This blog post continues a pattern of reporting we began at the end of academic year 2015-2016 when we took a deep dive and shallow swim through the task usage statistics in Eli Review. These course analytics are available to every instructor, and we send cross-course reports to all the institutions who subscribe as well […]

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The Secret Sauce of Producing Better Writers

Better writers revise more. Better writers revise best when deliberately practicing a key skill based on helpful peer feedback and expert instructor coaching. That’s it. That’s the secret sauce. It’s actually not a secret at all, except in execution. We started this blog series with the bold assertion that students aren’t revising enough. They don’t […]

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Give One, Get One

In this blog series, we’ve tackled the challenges of peer learning. We’ve encouraged teachers to see each challenge as an opportunity to design for learning and offered strategies that can lead to more effective peer feedback and revision. Some challenges start with instructors. We can schedule too little practice, overwrite peer feedback with instructor feedback, […]

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Bad Feedback Happens, Part II

In peer learning, students improve by talking to each other about their work. Student success depends on good conversations – they should be timely, accurate, and helpful. Bad feedback—comments that shut down a writer’s ideas, choices, or motivation—limits success. Helpful feedback—comments that open up a writer’s ideas, choices, and motivation—increase success. It takes practice for […]

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