Overview of Web-PA

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Web-PA is an online peer assessment system, or more specifically, a peer-moderated marking system. It is designed for teams of students doing group-work, the outcome of which earns an overall group mark. Each student in a group grades their team-mates (and their own) performance, which is then used with the overall group mark to provide each student with an individual grade, reflecting their contribution to the group.

The following is a very quick description of how the Web-PA process works. You can browse the sections on the right to find out more about the different features of the system.

  1. You create the form and assessment criteria that your students will use to mark their teammates. Once created, a form can be re-used again and again.
  2. You create the groups you need, and assign students to them. If you want to assess your groups more than once, you can re-use the same groups.
  3. You create an assessment and schedule when it will run.
  4. The students peer-assess each other.
  5. From those scores, each student gets a weighting
    e.g. 1.1
  6. That weighting is multiplied by the group-mark to give the students actual mark.
    e.g. 1.1 x 80%= 88%
  7. You can also set how much of the group-mark is peer assessed. For example, you may want the peer-assessment to only apply to 50% of the group-mark.
    e.g. (1.1 x (50% of 80%)) + (50% of 80%) = 84%

Some assessments may be formative, and there is always the possibility of disputes, so Web-PA doesn't automatically put the final marks into a student's official record. That final step is left up to the individual academics.