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Marking and Reporting Frequently Asked Questions

The following are some of the frequently asked questions about the marking process, the Web-PA algorithm and the reports used in Web-PA.

How should I apply the peer weighting factor (PA Weighting)?

This depends on the nature of the assignment and its intended learning outcomes. An assignment that is designed to develop teamwork should logically carry marks that accrue from the 'team' effort as opposed to that of the individual. A good starting point is 50% team and 50% peer assessed. You should consider increasing this a little where the technical contributions of the individual dominate. A larger PA weighting will give a larger standard deviation in the group marks. It is good practice to advise your students in advance that a proportion of the team marks will be peer assessed.

How can I avoid Web-PA producing an inappropriately high number of First Class marks for a module?

Web-PA acts on the team marks that you supply balancing the winners with the losers. If you award very high team marks, the end result will be high individual marks. The overall module average remains unaffected by Web-PA and hence in your control, unless you apply a non-completion penalty which will bring the average down.

How should I apply the mark penalty for failure to complete a form?

Add a mark penalty for non-completion with great care! It can have a very damaging effect on an individual's mark, and students who fail to complete a form have often already been marked down by their peers.

You have full control over the size of non-completion penalty when you create your mark sheet and move on to the reporting. You can set a penalty size of 0% - 100%.