Professor partners with Swedish University on software project
TAMPA, Fla. -- The Department of English’s Composition Program at the University of South Florida has collaborated with Sweden’s Malmö University on an exciting new venture.
Joseph Moxley, Ph.D., who directs USF’s First Year Composition program, developed My Reviewers, a software program designed to improve the quality of peer reviews. USF has been using the program for three years and recently agreed to allow Malmö University’s language and linguistics department to test out the software. This is the first pilot project opportunity for Moxley and My Reviewers.
My Reviewers comes with two free online textbooks available in various formats and allows giving and receiving feedback on student papers to be more transparent.
“Education is becoming much more social,” said Moxley, who specializes in rhetoric, but has a special passion for developing online learning environments.
The software provides a “Common Comments” section, which pulls every marginal comment made in a student’s work and aggregates the feedback so that students begin to notice patterns in their work. For instructors, My Reviewers provides learning analytics so they can assess their own pacing and compare their grading patterns to other instructors.
“This way, as a director, I can ask myself - ‘Is the curriculum really working?’” Moxley said.
Moxley is working to patent the software so that he can grant licenses for other institutions to use My Reviewers. He hopes that My Reviewers will expand the amount of collaborative criticism and teamwork between students.
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Author: Justine Figueroa