WebPA – Guide

What is WebPA?

WebPA is a fairly simple system for setting up peer assessment exercises, which can be integrated with Blackboard (MOLE). It allows students to assess their own, and other students’, contribution when undertaking group work, leading potentially to fairer marks and increased engagement in group assignments. It is free, developed by the University of Loughborough, and released as Open Source.

Academics use the system in the following way:

  • A link to WebPA is set up in their Blackboard course.
  • A form is created using criteria set by the academic. These can be set to use either a Likert or Split 100 scale.
  • Students enrolled on the Blackboard course are divided into groups.
  • An assessment is set up with a set start and end date, during which students can rate the contribution of themselves and their peers.
  • Markers add their own grade for the entire group, which is then calculated against the peer assessment grades. The marker can set what weighting the peer assessment has against their own group mark, and can set optional penalties for students who do not complete the peer assessment activities.
  • The final calculated grade can then be pushed to the Blackboard course’s grade centre, and/or downloaded in various reports.

 

How to use WebPA

Setting up WebPA in a MOLE course

  • In a content collection go to Tools > More Tools > WebPA
  • Click on the link to set assignment(s)

 

Forms

  • Click on ‘my forms’
  • Click on ‘create new form’
  • Give the form a name, and select whether it is to be a Likert Scale or Split 100 question type.
  • Click ‘Finish’.
  • Click on ‘add new criterion’ to add a question to this form.
  • Give the criterion text and a description (optional) and a score range. Click ‘Next’.
  • Enter the descriptions for each score (e.g. 1 = terrible, 5 = excellent, etc.)
  • Click ‘Finish’. Click the pencil icon to make an edit, and ‘add new criterion’ to enter extra questions.

 

Groups

  • Click ‘sync data’ in the left hand menu to bring in students from the course list. Click ‘Continue’, and then ‘Update WebPA OS’
  • Click on ‘my groups’ in the left hand menu.
  • Click on ‘create new groups wizard’.
  • Give the collection of new groups a name. Click ‘Next’.
  • To auto-create groups
    • select the number of groups to be created. Type what the group names are to begin with (e.g. Group X, Team X), and the numbering style (e.g. letters, numerical, etc.). Click Next.
  • Click ‘Finish’.
  • Click on ‘group editor’ to allocate students. Either
    • Select ‘assign all students to groups’. This will show you all students with drop down menus by their names. Select the appropriate group from the drop down menu.
    • Click the pencil icon by the group’s name, and click the ‘In’ button for the relevant students.

 

Assessment

 

  • Only set up this when groups are correctly allocated as changes to groups won’t be brought forward to assessments once they are set up.

 

  • Click on ‘my assessments’ and click ‘create new assessment’
  • Give the assessment a name, and an opening and closing date/time. Type an introduction (this may include instructions or rationale for the assessment). Advanced options here will give you the choice to email students once the assessment is live.
  • Click ‘Next’.
  • You will then get a choice of forms you have previously created. Select the relevant one and click ‘next’. Advanced options here will give you the choice to allow students to give and view feedback.
  • Click ‘Next’.
  • On the next screen select which Collection of groups you are using for this assessment.
  • Click ‘Next’.
  • On the next screen select whether the assessment is Self and peer assessment, or (in advanced settings) peer assessment only.
  • Click ‘Next’, and if all OK on the summary, ‘Finish’.

 

Managing and marking assessments

 

  • My assessments have four tabs
  • Pending – set assignments that are not yet active.
  • Open – Active assignments
  • Closed – Assignments where the deadline has been reached.
  • Marked – Assignments that have been marked.

 

  • Once an assessment is closed, go to the closed assessments tab, and set the groups’ overall marks by clicking on the second icon from the right.
  • To complete marking, click on ‘create mark sheet’ (icon on the far right). Here you have options to:
    • Set the PA Weighting (the amount of the final grade influenced by the peer assessment)
    • Set the penalty for non-completion (you can set an automatic deduction of marks for students who did not undertake the peer assessment activity)
  • Click on ‘create mark sheet’.
  • Now if you click on the marked assessments tab you will see the marked assessment. Click on View reports to see various reports that can be downloaded in various formats (csv, pdf, etc.)
    • To see which students have/haven’t completed the task, click the ‘check which students have responded’ icon.
    • To add your own mark for each group, click on the ‘set group marks’ icon.

Finally, click on ‘transfer grades’ on the left hand column, and click ‘replace source’, to move the final marks into the grade centre.