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.
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.