Spotlight on Peer Review: Promoting a Culture of Learning & Growth

PlayPosit’s new peer review platform takes our classic Learner Made Bulbs (our word for interactive video) to another level. Leverage peer review to promote and foster feedback for employees, career services support for college/career readiness, faculty in K12 (e.g. professional learning communities and/or new teacher observations), or in the classic course setting for the typical student and not only will mastery of the material be front and center, but the complimentary soft skills regarding giving and learning from feedback will be cultivated in kind. Delivery and set up are flexible depending on the target audience and goals for the exercise, like all other PlayPosit applications.

This article will provide an overview of some ways  PlayPosit’s corporate, higher ed, and K-12 institutional and enterprise partners can leverage PlayPosit’s peer review functionalities. Please keep an eye out for our upcoming in-depth articles that will cover more specific examples of applying peer review in these contexts.

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What we’re covering below:
  • [K12 Professional Learning Communities] Peer review for teacher effectiveness 
  • [Higher Ed & K12 Courses] Peer review for academics 
  • [Soft Skill Development] Peer review for college and/or career readiness 
  • [Student Services] Peer review for higher quality student counseling services

[K12 Professional Learning Communities] Peer-to-peer feedback for teacher effectiveness
The observation and feedback process in K-12 schools is valuable but it is not always equitable. Traditionally, teachers have to leave their classrooms and intrude on the space of their peers. This process is not only challenging for the learning environment but costs schools thousands of dollars in substitute teachers and other fees. 

PlayPosit’s asynchronous peer review platform allows for teachers to enter the classrooms of other instructors without disrupting the learning process and provide feedback in a way that is equitable and meaningful for both individuals. Teacher induction programs and small school PLCs benefit from access to all instructors in their district through the use of this tool. Through technology, teachers learn from peers who specialize in their area of instruction in a more egalitarian manner. Additionally, administrators have access to all peer review content, making it easier to track progress and identify further areas of improvement, all while saving time and precious funds that could be allocated to other areas. 

[Higher Ed & K12 Courses] Peer Review for academics
Courses, thesis defense, and other areas of academia that require speech and presentation skills often rely on learners providing feedback to one another, crowdsourcing for possible areas of improvement. Peer review allows for the same process to take place in a remote learning environment. Because the final product is not static, learners are presented with the added benefit of experiencing time-specific feedback on their content as well as being able to revisit the feedback multiple times. As a direct result, individuals are better prepared and able to deliver a higher quality product during conferences, dissertation defense, and other important events in the world of academia.

In K12 environments, an increasing number of states are implementing use of the rigorous Charlotte Danielson rubric for teacher evaluations, requiring that students are provided the opportunity to engage in peer-to-peer feedback. The modularity of PlayPosit’s platform allows for the development of a process that is pedagogically sound and shows evidence of enhanced learning. 

[Soft Skill Development] Peer review for college and/or career readiness 
Learners can record themselves practicing skills such as interviewing for a job or college admission, practicing patient intake, and so much more in order to receive feedback on their technique and suggestions for improvement. Peers are able to leave time-stamped feedback so that the original content creator can jump to a specific section of the video, making the process transparent and areas of success or needed improvement easily identifiable. 

Furthermore, learners are better prepared to receive and provide feedback, developing a skill that is immeasurably valuable in the worlds of academia and employment. 

[Student Services] Peer review for higher quality student counseling services
Counseling services in schools and colleges are frequently impacted by difficult to manage counselor-to-student ratios, making it an ever-present challenge to provide quality services when scheduling becomes increasingly strained. Asynchronous implementation of these services allows students to benefit without compromising on quality and making it possible to provide assistance to more individuals.

Interested in learning more about these applications of PlayPosit’s peer review feature? Keep an eye out for our upcoming articles focused on specific use cases. 

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  1. Learn about how Learner Made Bulbs can be used to reduce performance anxiety for nursing students while improving the feedback iteration. 
  2. Learn how to introduce peer review in your learning environment. 
  3. Learn more about how Learner Made Bulbs work. 
  4. Learn about PlayPosit’s in-player HLS solution.