What are FeedbackFruits and why should we use them?

During semester 1 2022, Flinders University will be piloting two assessment tools from the ‘FeedbackFruits’ suite: Group Member Evaluation and Peer Review. These provide students with opportunities to give and receive feedback and work collaboratively on a range of assessment activities. With active learning, collaboration, teamwork and reflection key to quality learning, it is well worth considering how one of these FeedbackFruits tools could bring these elements into your topic.

Group Member Evaluation
Students provide feedback about other group members, typically when a submission is not required. Commonly used for staff to collate student reflections and feedback on how other team members have performed in a group project.

Allowing students to evaluate their peers’ contributions to a group project helps provide students a sense of ‘fairness’ to project work. Students can be asked to rate and comment on a range of criteria addressing different aspects of the group work experience.

Peer Review
Students reflect and provide feedback on work submitted by others, with options to request students to complete a self-assessment. Peer Review can be set up to allow students to submit individually or in groups.

Comments from peers not only provides another perspective on a student’s work and timely feedback, but the act of reviewing another’s work reinforces the reviewer’s knowledge and requires a higher-order cognitive skill. Self-reflection using a rubric develops a student’s reflection skills and provides students with a model to critically reflect on their own work.

Other advantages

  • Both FeedbackFruits tools allow feedback to be given by a rubric with or without comments (qualitative and quantitative feedback). FeedbackFruits Rubrics can be created with a number of criterion and ratings per criterion, scale ratings or comment criteria.
  • Integrated with FLO so groups can be utilised within activities and grades can be fed back into the gradebook.
  • The ability, in both tools, to request students to reflect (in writing) on the feedback they’ve been given during an activity.

More information
For more information on the pilot and using these tools in your topic, please contact your College Online Learning and Teaching team.

Help and support material can be found on the FLO staff support website


Further resources:

What is student engagement in online learning…. And how do I know when it is there?

Effective feedback in digital learning environments

Involving students in peer review: Case studies and practical strategies for Uni teaching

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