Peer learning requires careful time management. We recommend this approach:
Writing task is due.
At least 12 hour gap to make sure most writers are prepared for review.
Review task is assigned, and peer learning activity begins.
Enough time for reviewers to give feedback to all drafts.
Review task is due.
Enough time for writers to process feedback using Eli’s features
Rate helpfulness of comments
See which comments the instructor endorsed
Add selected comments to the revision plan
Participate in a class debriefing session of the Review Report
Explain revision goals in revision plan
Review plan is due.
Enough time for the instructor write back to students (if desired)
Resubmitted writing is due (if desired).
To make this timeline work, we recommend that instructors “save as draft” review tasks until the peer learning activity begins. Once students submit feedback, the writing task and review task lock, so “saving as draft” a review task keeps students from starting early. This sequence works well:
Design and assign your writing tasks.
Pre-set your review task questions (called response types) in advance, if you’d like.
“Save as draft” the review task.
Just before review begins, form groups, excluding late writers.
“Assign” the review task.
Manually add writers who were late but have caught up to groups in the review task.
“Assign” the revision plan and resubmission tasks (if desired).