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MERLOT II


    

Peer Review


Participant Perception Indicator ( PPI ) Evaluation/Assessment Tool

by Carl Berger
 

Ratings

Overall Rating:

4 stars
Content Quality: 5 stars
Effectiveness: 4.5 stars
Ease of Use: 5 stars
Reviewed: Feb 24, 2006 by Teacher Education
Overview: This is a very comprehensive project. It provides a complete description of the
tool to be used, examples of how it has been used, several papers describing use
since its earliest conception and a Powerpoint for the new user to gain an
overview of the process. The strength is in the guidelines for creating and
using an assesment tool which looks at individual self-assessment and
group-perceived progress in the areas of knowledge, experience and confidence.
This tool can be used in a variety of academic areas. It offers a FAQ and
instructions for creating your own PPI.
Learning Goals: Designers of the tool will learn hot to design a curricular tool as they assess
student perceptions of success. The design process also pushes the designer to
review course goals in a very specific way which has the potential for improved
course design, While the tool can be developed using templates designers
wishing to go further could also increase their knowledge of using html for
web-based work.

The tool allows creators to assess personal and individual cognitive, affective
and behavioral responses in a particular context.

Users of the tool will learn to develop a greater awareness of the accuracy of
their own perceptions during the course work.
Target Student Population: The target audience described are university students. It seems that it could
also be used at the high school level, particularly with seniors who are college
bound. Use for elementary and middle grades could be possible as well.
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills: Both designers and users need some comfort with using the computer to access and
navigate the internet. Designers will need more specific skills in working
files and entering information into a template and uploading the results to the
web. In order to create a web-based survey, users would need to be able to
follow the prompts for a free survey site or use another survey instrument to
which they had access.
Type of Material: Assessment, Reference material. In some circumstances it could provide the basis
for a case study.
Recommended Uses: While primarily meant as a university assessment tool there is no reason it
could not also be used in a highschool and community college environment as
well. Users can develop their own participant perception indicators based on
their own context and materials.
Technical Requirements: None other than web access.

Evaluation and Observation

Content Quality

Rating: 5 stars
Strengths: Excellent materials provided to guide first time users. Access to templates
provides a good starting point for those who wish to use them as they are or
modify as they gain comfort to design their own. Papers and powerpoints also
provide background for those who never used this kind of assessment tool
earlier.

The material is open-ended. It would be available as a tool for educators to
use in assessing the way their students, TA's or student-teachers develop in
terms of their perception of knowledge.
Concerns:

Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool

Rating: 4.5 stars
Strengths: As indicated in other comments this tool will be helpful for both students and
insructors. As well as looking at the areas on knowledge, experience and
confidence it also looks at the important course academic goals be being divided
into themes.

The tool could easily be used to develop a sense of student benchmarks to
understand material and feel comfortable with it. This would be extremely
helpful in the student teaching process or in developing content knowledge.
Concerns: There needs to be an understanding in the group on how this will be used and
what
kind of feedback students will have from the instructor. This is, indeed,
perception based and students need to know where, or if, it is to be used in
grading as oppossed to formative assessment along the way.

Collegial or administrative support should be in place to support the time
needed for designing an effective PPI.

Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty

Rating: 5 stars
Strengths: Web-based and easy to use after the first exposure. Can access from any
computer.

Using one of the survey as is would be very simple. Just looking at the
process, however, might be an excellent way to get instructors thinking about
formative assessment of their classes.
Concerns: Developing one's own survey would require some expertise that some instructors
would find daunting.

Other Issues and Comments: Some of the current writing about learning talks about the importance of
metacognition... of students being aware of how they learn. This tool pushes
users to think about personal perceptions of how they grow over time and also
receive feedback on the accuracy of these perceptions.