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Editorial: Lines of Sight

This post by Jeff Grabill (@grabill), co-inventor of Eli Review, was originally published by the Hub for Innovation in Learning and Technology at Michigan State University, reprinted here with permission. It is the first in a three-part series on educational technology. I occupy an interesting position. The conflict of interest officials at my university describe it as “conflicted,” which […]

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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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Bad Feedback Happens, Part I

In the opening post for this series, we noted that unhelpful feedback is one of most common reasons instructors tell us they won’t commit to peer learning. In the face of bad peer feedback, instructors often choose to become the primary feedback provider.  By working so closely with individual writers and their drafts, instructors put […]

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