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Using LMS tests to allow students to give feedback on group members

Often after a group assignment has been submitted, teaching staff want to gather feedback from students about how they feel their fellow group members contributed to the assessment.

An LMS test can be used to gather this feedback. Tests create an easy to access link in the LMS subject where students answer questions about their peers. The LMS test will create a Grade Centre column for tracking submissions and provide a downloadable spreadsheet which can then be analysed and shared with students if desired.  In this case, the LMS test is not being used in its traditional sense (for testing students knowledge) but rather to gather feedback.

The steps below explain how to create an LMS test to gather feedback but would need to be tweaked for your situation.

To create a LMS feedback test:

  1. Control Panel>>Subject Tools>>Tests, Surveys and Pools>>Tests
  2. Click  ‘Build Test‘ at top of page
  3. In the ‘Name‘ box, give your test a name: e.g. Feedback on Group Members Contributions to Group Work
  4. In the ‘Description‘ box write a ‘description’ for the test (visible to students) e.g. This LMS test is being used to gather your feedback on your fellow group members’ contributions to the group project work.  This is not a test but rather a way to gather your feedback on your group peers.  Please complete this LMS test XX (number of group members) times; once for each group member.
  5. In the ‘Instructions‘ box write instructions for the test if desired e.g. Click on the link to start the test and then click ‘Begin’ to answer questions about one of your fellow group members. Please re-do the test to complete a review for each person in your group.
  6. Click ‘Submit‘ button at bottom of page.

Your test is now created in the back-end of the subject and needs questions added to it.

To create a question that asks the student to selects which group they are from:

  1. Click ‘Create Question’, then select ‘Jumbled Sentence
  2. In the ‘Question Text‘ box, write ‘Please select which Group you are from [x]’
  3. Ensure the ‘Number of Answers‘ reflects how many groups you have for the assessment piece
  4. Write the name of each group in each answer – e.g.  For Answer 1 – write ‘Group 1’
  5. Click ‘Next‘ at the bottom of the page
  6. On the next page check the question works as you expect and click ‘Submit‘ at the bottom of the page.
  7. Click in the ‘Points‘ box for the question and change the points value to ‘0‘ and click ‘Submit‘.

To create a question that asks the student to name the group member that they are giving feedback on:

  1. Click ‘Create Question’ then select ‘Short Answer
  2. In ‘Question Text’ box write the free text question  ‘Please enter the name of the fellow group member you are reviewing with this attempt of the LMS test.’
  3. Leave the remaining defaults and then click  ‘Submit’ at the bottom of the page.
  4. Click in the ‘Points‘ box for the question and change the points value to ‘0‘ and click ‘Submit‘ .

To create a question that asks the student to give a free text response about their peers:

  1. Click ‘Create Question’ then select ‘Short Answer
  2. In ‘Question Text’ box write the free text question e.g. Please comment on the fellow group member you are reviewing regarding their contribution to the group project work.
  3. Leave the remaining defaults and then click ‘Submit’ at the bottom of the page.
  4. Click in the ‘Points‘ box for the question and change the points value to ‘0‘ and click ‘Submit‘ .

To create a question that asks the student to numerically rate their fellow team members:

  1. Click ‘Create Question’ then select ‘Opinion Scale/Likert
  2. In the ‘Question Text’ box write your rating question  e.g. Please rate to what extent the person you are reviewing contributed to the group project . 5 highest – 1 lowest
  3. For ‘Answer Numbering‘ select ‘None
  4. Tick ‘Allow Partial Credit
  5. For Answer 1 – write’ 5 (highest rating)’
  6. For answer 2 – write ‘4’ and in ‘Partial Credit %‘ box put ‘80’
  7. For answer 3 – write ‘3’ and in ‘Partial Credit %‘ box put ‘60’
  8. For answer 4 – write ‘2’ and in ‘Partial Credit %‘ box put ‘40’
  9. For answer 5 – write ‘1 (lowest rating)’ and in ‘Partial Credit %‘ box put ‘20’
  10. For answer 6 – click ‘Remove
  11. Leave the rest of the defaults and click ‘Submit’.
  12. Click in the ‘Points‘ box for the question and change the points value to ‘5‘ and click ‘Submit‘ .

Copy or create more questions as needed to reflect the questions you wish the students to answer about their fellow group members.

To deploy your feedback test 

Once your test is created and has your desired questions, it then needs to be deployed on the appropriate page in your LMS subject so the students can access it.

  1. In your subject, go the the page on which you want the LMS test link to sit for students to access the test.
  2. Ensure ‘Edit mode‘ is ‘On
  3. Click ‘Assessments‘ then ‘Test
  4. In the ‘Add an Existing Test‘ list click on the name of the feedback test you created e.g Feedback on Group Members Contributions to Group Work, and then click ‘Submit
  5. On the ‘Test Options‘ page that appears, select your desired test options such as:
    • Check ‘Show Test Description…’
    • Check ‘Show Instructions…’,
    • Select ‘Yes’ for ‘Make the link available’
    • Check ‘Multiple Attempts’ and select the number of attempts to match the number of people they are giving feedback on or ‘Allow Unlimited Attempts’
    • Set ‘Display After’ and ‘Display Until’ if desired
    • Check ‘Due Date’ and select date if desired
  6. For the test option ‘Show test results and feedback to students’, ensure that  ‘After submitted’ is selected and only the ‘Submitted ‘ option is checked.
  7. Click ‘Submit‘ at the bottom of the page

The link to your test is now live and available to students to complete. You are able to ‘Edit the Test’ or ‘Edit the Test Options’ from the down arrow next to the LMS test name.

Reviewing Peer Feedback

Once your students have completed the test to provide their feedback, you can review this feedback by following the steps below:

  1. Go to: Control Panel>>Grade Centre>>Full Grade Centre
  2. Find the Grade Centre column with the name of the test (you may need to scroll right)
  3. Click the ‘down arrow’ next to the test name in the column header and select ‘Download Results
  4. Select either ‘By User’ or ‘By Question and User’ and be sure to select ‘All Attempts
  5. Click ‘Click to download results
  6. The file will download with the name ‘download’ and has no extension (known error). Depending on your browser setting it will download automatically or you will be given the option to save it somewhere. Either way you need to locate the file and  rename the file to ‘download.csv’ , adding ‘.csv‘ to the end so you can open it.
  7. You can then open the file in Excel. Sort the file on group name and person to analyse the feedback that students have given about their peers. The rating question will have a numerical value 5-1 to assist with this process.

The setup of this test can be altered if you have ‘LMS groups‘ in your subject and wish to use ‘Adaptive Release‘ to give each group their own test.

This type of test can be adapted for the purpose of gathering student feedback during student presentations to the cohort.

 

The Tests and Feedback guide goes into more detail about LMS tests and the steps explained above.

All LMS tests and surveys guides can be found at – https://lms.unimelb.edu.au/teaching/assessment/tests-and-surveys

LMS Test and Surveys Workshop Schedule –  https://lms.unimelb.edu.au/support/workshops

This Zip file is an Example LMS Test – Feedback On Group Members Contributions To Group Work  capturing the setup as per the instructions above. It can be downloaded and imported into the tests area of your subject, after which you can add your own questions as appropriate.

If you would like assistance with this setup, please lodge a support request.

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Written by
Catherine Manning


Learning Environments support centre