More and more courses incorporate student teams to increase student learning. Student teams persist throughout the semester, learning to work with and support each other while promoting student learning. To facilitate effective teamwork, student peers can provide feedback to each other on their performance as team members. However, managing the feedback from each student to the other students in the team, anonymously, can be extremely time-consuming for the instructor. The online system TEAMMATES is easy to use, and will facilitate anonymous (or not) feedback between students working in teams.
Here is one question from a TEAMMATES feedback session, from the student view:
TEAMMATES was the perfect helper for collecting, calculating and posting peer-evaluations. All the things I didn’t want to do, would take too long or could be easily screwed up involving peer-evaluations, it took care of.
Dr. Mine Çetinkaya-Rundel, Assistant Professor of the Practice and Director of Undergraduate Studies in the Department of Statistical Science, used TEAMMATES during the Fall of 2015 in her STA 101 course:
TEAMMATES has been an incredible time saver for collecting peer evaluation data as well as anonymously distributing it to students. The data export option also means the average scores per student can also easily be imported to Sakai gradebook so that all grades can be maintained on one platform. TEAMMATES has allowed me to increase the frequency of peer evaluations, which provides more consistent feedback to students and allows me to monitor closely how teams, and individual students, are doing in the class.
Possible Considerations for using TEAMMATES:
- The student data is stored on Google servers and TEAMMATES administrators do have access to the data. See the terms of service for a little more information.
- TEAMMATES emails students a personal link to access the evaluations; students should be warned to ensure that the email does indeed come from TEAMMATES and the link is not a phishing attempt.
Tips for success for student peer evaluations
- Before setting up a TEAMMATES survey, have students in teams discuss qualities that make a good team contributor. Use student suggestions for some of the questions.
- Have students assess each other very early in the class, so that they can get feedback on their performance and make changes in their team behavior if needed.
- Use team assessments more than once, perhaps within the first few weeks of the semester, then around midterm time, and then one more, final assessment. Many instructors run a peer evaluation after each unit.
For more information:
- Michaelsen, Larry K., and Emily E. Schultheiss. “Making feedback helpful.” Organizational Behavior Teaching Review 13.1 (1988): 109-113 .http://jme.sagepub.com/content/13/1/109.full.pdf+html
- Oakley, B., Felder, R. M., Brent, R., & Elhajj, I. (2004). Turning student groups into effective teams. Journal of student centered learning, 2(1), 9-34. http://www4.ncsu.edu/unity/lockers/users/f/felder/public/Papers/Oakley-paper%28JSCL%29.pdf
- Sibley, Jim (2015) Learn TBL http://learntbl.ca/
- Stoner, J. A. F., Finn, D., & Fairfield, K. D. (2015). Twelve steps to effective classroom teams … and beyond. Journal of the Academy of Business Education, 16, 34-53. http://search.proquest.com/docview/1713930069
- Team-Based Learning Collaborative (2016) http://www.tblcollaborative.org/
- Warren, Adam (2015) TEAMMATES peer feedback system – review https://telic.wordpress.com/2015/11/13/teammates-peer-feedback-system-review/