Past Sessions

The Peer Assessment Training Workshop – May 17, 2018

Writing helps students learn (Gingerich et al., 2014; Nevid, Ambrose, & Pyun, 2017; Nevid, Pastva, & McClelland, 2012). Assessing the written work of peers additionally can help students develop skills such as critical analysis, reflection, and use of criteria (Dochy, Segers, & Sluijsmans, 1999; Nicol, Thomson, & Breslin, 2014), and past research has shown it to be reliable and valid enough for grading purposes (Falchikov & Goldfinch, 2000; Pare & Joordens, 2008; Topping, 1998). Yet students in our large Introductory Psychology classes lacked belief in their own and others’ abilities conduct peer assessments.

We developed a Peer Assessment Training (PAT) workshop that improves students’ confidence in their peers abilities, as well as the quality of their own written work. This session is the first of a two-part series designed to help you prepare to implement the PAT to accompany peer assessment in your course.

In this first part, we will demonstrate the PAT, provide an overview of the evidence of its efficacy, and offer some resources for adapting the PAT for your context. The second part (to be scheduled in August) will be designed as a hands-on workshop to prepare for fall classes.

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Key Speakers

Peter Graf Dr. Peter Graf
Department of Psychology


catherine_rawn Dr. Catherine Rawn
Senior Instructor
Department of Psychology


Canvas Happy Hour: 6 More Tools in 60 Minutes – April 11, 2018

The more instructors get to know Canvas, UBC’s new LMS, the more inventive and exciting their teaching activities become. Get to know how your fellow Faculty of Arts instructors are making full use of Canvas tools in this special event. In addition to inspiration for online teaching possibilities, this collaborative session will also feature ’Appy Hour finger foods and afternoon snacks.
  • Neil Armitage, Sessional Instructor in the Department of Sociology, will share how his use of the Canvas mobile app has allowed him to quickly and easily see the bigger picture of his course with on-the-go course analytics, while also managing the everyday of teaching activities with less stress.
  • Debbie Dergousoff, Sessional Instructor in the Department of Sociology, has made full use of Canvas Groups to organize her students into groups to allow them to work on collaborative assignments and engage in more meaningful learning activities.


  • Arlene Sindelar, Senior Instructor in the Department of History, creates Rubrics in Canvas to clarify assignment expectations with Rubric criterion and explain grading practices with Rubric feedback options. In other words, Arlene puts the instructions in Rubric form so students can self-check their work.


  • Kyle Frackman, Assistant Professor of Germanic Studies and Associate Faculty in the Institute for Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice, has increased the efficiency and effectiveness of the grading process and accuracy of grading recording with Canvas Gradebook.
  • Qian Wang, director of the Chinese Language Program and Senior Instructor in the Department of Asian Studies, will share how her program has put their exams entirely online using Canvas Quizzes and the Respondus proctoring tool. This has helped her program ensure consistency across courses while also maintaining exam security and integrity.
  • Jonathan Graves, Instructor in the Vancouver School of Economics, will discuss how the Vancouver School of Economics puts shared resources in the Canvas Commons to share make material accessible to instructors across the school. This ability to share resources like course templates, pages, and quizzes, increases flexibility, efficiency, and enhances collaborative teaching.

armitageDr. Neil Armitage
Department of Sociology


dergousoffDr. Debbie Dergousoff
Department of Sociology


sindelarDr. Arlene Sindelar
Department of History


frackmanDr. Kyle Frackman
Department of Central, Eastern and Northern European Studies
Institute for Gender, Race, Sexuality, and Social Justice


wangDr. Qian Wang
The Department of Asian Studies


gravesDr. Jonathan Graves
Vancouver School of Economics


Implement Effective Group Work with Peer Assessment Tools- April 9, 2018

Dr. Silvia Bartolic, an instructor in the Department of Sociology, will share her experience with peer assessment activities in her courses. As one of the first UBC instructors to use the Canvas Peer Review tool, she has made extensive use of this tool for peer assessments of presentations, written work and group projects. In addition, Silvia has also used the iPeer platform to assign peer evaluation of team member contributions. By making use of peer assessments at both the individual and group level, Silvia has helped to increase the accountability students feel toward their group members, while also helping them learn from each other. Participants in this session can look forward to learning: tips on best practices, how to avoid common pitfalls in peer assessments, and how Peer Review technologies can help enhance student learning experiences.

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bartolicDr. Silvia Bartolic
Department of Sociology


Peer to Peer Evaluation: Why do it, how to do it, and how technology can help – April 9, 2018

Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) research confirms the value of instructional strategies that require students to be more actively involved in the learning process. Peer learning—students learning with and from each other without any implied authority to any individual—has been at the core of the Arts One teaching model since the program’s birth in 1967. In this instructor led session Arts One/Political Science instructor Robert Crawford describes how and why peer to peer teaching in writing workshops and seminars transforms learning. He is joined by his colleague Andrew Owen, Political Science instructor, who will describe his experience with an online tool called ComPAIR and the Canvas teaching platform. Together these instructors will demonstrate experience and evidence based reasons to adopt peer learning, and present guidelines, including dos-and-don’ts, for using peer learning in the classroom.

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Key Speakers

crawfordDr. Robert Crawford
Department of Political Science and Arts One


owenDr. Andrew Owen
Department of Political Science