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Calibrated Peer Review

Calibrated Peer Review

Calibrated Peer Review (CPR) is a program, for networked computers, that enables frequent writing assignments without any increase in instructor work. In fact, CPR can reduce the time an instructor now spends reading and assessing student writing. CPR offers instructors the choice of creating their own writing assignments or using the rapidly expanding assignment library. If you believe in constructivist learning, writing is the most important tool that you have. But if you have a class of 300 students, grading essays challenges even the true believer. Calibrated Peer Review (CPR)can be used in classes of any size. CPR is based on the model of peer review in science. The student reads a document, either on-line or hard copy, then writes about it. When the student has demonstrated competence... Show More


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Nancy J. Pelaez
Nancy J. Pelaez (Faculty)
17 years ago
This resource allows students to learn while writing, through peer evaluation,
and then through a follow-up self-assessment. Student writing is then available
for use to optimize instruction according to how students think and the
difficulties they encounter. I found that this resource improves learning -
refer to my published a paper on the impact CPR writing had on learning

Technical Remarks:

Training is needed. Contact the authors, who are then willing to find a way to
provide free access to this resource, once the instructor has received the
needed training.
Thomas Nolan
Thomas Nolan (Faculty)
17 years ago
I spent several hours on two different days to try out CPR. CPR holds great potential to enhance learning through writing assignments. It can be used as an adjuncti e learning tool in both online and f2f courses.

CPR has several strengths:

1- CPR requires the instructor to carefully think through a writing assignment. Clear instructions, specific questions, and exemplar responses need to be posted.

2- CPR sharpens student critical thinking by requiring self-assessment.

3- CPR fosters collaborative learning by engaging students in a critical review of the writing of their peers.

CPR is an especially effective stragegy for managing writing assignments in learge classes, where giving individual evaluative feedback can unduly tax a solo instructor's time.

Technical Remarks:

The program is moderately easy to learn on one's own.
However, face-to-face workshops are available which optimize the usefulness of the program. An online tutorial would be very helpful.
One of the program technicians (Tim Su) is available by email and responds promptly to calls for help.
Tim Su
Tim Su (Faculty)
17 years ago

I have used CPR in my general chemistry courses. If you have a topic, activity, lab or demo that your students "just can't seem to get" (many misconceptions) and you are looking for something different to explore - try this! The system helps the instructor focus on the lesson plan. The students write to learn.

I am currently one of the faculty trainers and mentors with the CPR Development Team, so if you have any questions feel free to email me.

Technical Remarks:

I recommend to faculty that they attend a workshop for the optimum learning experience with the system - you will learn how to use it, and how to write your own assignments.

Completely web-based.
Teacher Education Editorial Board
18 years ago
This item is being triaged for possible peer reviewed by the Teacher Education
Editorial Board.