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The Peer Review Process

Similar to how academic publications are reviewed, our peer review process mixes critiques, analysis, and modifications.
Our software facilitates a structured peer review process using provided criteria to "grade" projects and submitted work.
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What is a peer review?

Similar to the process for reviewing academic articles, the peer review process is the evaluation of submitted work by your peers who are competent in their field of knowledge. The peer review process requires analysis, critical thinking, and creativity in order to evaluate submitted work.

The reviewee may have to explain what they have done and why, which helps them to develop communication skills. Reviewers need to understand quickly and identify possible areas where the submitted work does not meet project criteria, standards, or best practices.

How the Peer Review Process Works

Reviewers Assigned

Participants who have already displayed competency and mastered the particular project are assigned to review the submitted work..

Analysis

Reviewers analyze the submitted work against the assignment, its requirements, and its restrictions. Evaluation criteria is provided by our software for each project.

Create Tests

The reviewer creates tests in order to break or hack the submitted solution. This often requires creativity.

Analyze Results

The reviewer analyzes their test results and identifies problems with the software under multiple scenarios.

Discuss & Debate

The reviewer and reviewee discuss the submitted work, problems, and solution design, knowing that there are often many solutions to the same problem and trade-offs involved with each.

Fix, Resubmit, or Pass

Depending on the work submitted, a reviewee may have to fix and resubmit their work. If all reviewers declare the project ok, then the reviewee has passed.

Skill and Community Development

In giving and receiving peer reviews, students learn how to communicate about their work and how to give and receive feedback. This is important for developing soft skills as well as preparing for the workplace where peer reviews are generally part of tech jobs.

By participating as a reviewer and a reviewee, learners contribute to the overall learning community. Reviewers also receive feedback from reviewees, providing motivation for reviewers in a manner similar to what occurs in the workplace.

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Why We Use Peer Reviews

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Students learn in being reviewed and in reviewing, and are operating at the top four levels of the skills pyramid. They must evaluate, analyze, think critically, and create ways to break the submitted solution and construct tests. The peer review process naturally fosters 21st-century skills.