[Speaker] September 26th – Sneha Krishna Kumaran, University of Illinois

September 21, 2017

Time: Tuesday, September 26th, 2017, 11:00 am-12:00 pm

Location: 4405 Siebel Center

Title: Why Should I Write Feedback? Increasing Quality and Involvement in Online Peer Feedback Exchange

Abstract: Instructors are integrating the use of online peer review platforms to keep pace with growing class sizes. However, these platforms typically prioritize random peer assignment and only show the current solution. These choices can result in low quality feedback in project-based design courses. We report on an experiment in which students (N=59) worked on twelve-week product design projects and both wrote and received online feedback at four stages. The experiment tested a novel concept of peer mentorship, where peers were assigned to give feedback to all stages of one project, and tested showing feedback context from the preceding design stage when composing feedback. The results showed that displaying context from the preceding design stage led to feedback with higher perceived quality at certain stages of the design process and feedback from mentors promotes more response from the feedback receiver. Our work contributes deeper empirical understanding of how assignment strategies and showing additional context affects peer feedback and provides practical guidelines for instructors to implement these methods in design courses.

Biography: Sneha Krishna Kumaran is a 3rd year PhD student at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign working with Prof. Brian Bailey in the ORCHID Research Group. Her current research interests include the online representation of product design, creativity tools, and educational technologies.

Before coming to UIUC, she completed her BS in Computer Science from Oregon State University. There, she worked with Prof. Rebecca Hutchinson and Prof. Thomas Dietterich for her undergraduate senior thesis.

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