Project 4 Peer Review

Because Project 4 is a larger project, I have opened up peer review on Friday, so that those of you who want more time can complete your peer review and revision during the weekend. Details are below:

  • Post the share link to your draft for Project 4 in the forums by 9 AM on Monday, 8/10. You may post earlier.
  • Respond to two students in the forums by 11:55 PM on Tuesday, 8/11. You may respond earlier.
  • Revise your Project based on the feedback and submit your project by 11:55 PM on Tuesday, 8/11.
  • Take advantage of the grace period if you need it, which ends at 11:55 PM on Thursday, 8/13.

Posting Your Drafts for Project 4

  1. Follow the instructions in Step 1 of How do I use Google Drive for peer review? to set up sharing permissions for your documents. You need to share your draft with “Anyone with the link” or “People at Virginia Tech with the link” so that we can read your work.
  2. Create a new topic in the Rough Drafts for Project 4 section of the forums.
  3. Share the link to your analytical report in Google Docs. You can follow these instructions to make your link in the forum post clickable.
  4. Add a brief note that tells readers anything they need to know before reading the draft of your report.
  5. If you have any specific concerns that you want your readers to consider, add a note on that as well.
  6. Be sure to Preview your forum post to make sure everything shows up the way you want it to, and then Submit your message.

Replying to Project 4 Drafts

Next, you will reply to the posts of some of your classmates:

  1. Review the instructions in Step 2 of How do I use Google Drive for peer review? if you need a reminder on how to use the Comment features in Google Drive.

  2. Go to the Rough Drafts for Project 4 section of the forums, and read the drafts of at least two of your classmates and add a reply with advice and encouragement (more below).
    • Find one post that no other student has replied to (so that we can be sure everyone gets a reply).
    • Find a second post that has only one other student reply.
  3. Use the link your classmate provided to go to his or her project and do the following:

    • Check the title and any headings in the document, and add a comment to tell your classmate if these design elements are clear and effective.
    • If you notice any spelling errors, punctuation errors, or typos, mark them as you read, but please focus more on the content rather than editing.
    • Add comments on the content of the draft. Comment on at least three things your classmate does well and at least three things that your classmate could improve on. It’s fine to include more than the minimum number of comments.
  4. Go back to the forums and add a reply to your classmate’s topic. In that topic, make an overall comment that sums up what you thought of the report and gives your classmate some encouragement.

Reviewing the Comments You Received

Once you have finished adding comments to your classmates’ projects, return to your own draft, read the comments that your classmates have given you, and add replies as appropriate. For instance, you might thank your partner for catching an error, ask your partner for more detail on feedback you don’t understand, or share a revision and ask your partner if it is an improvement.


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