Creating and configuring “Feedback” loops / moderated assessments (Practera 2)
This is the heart and soul of Practera: Unique experiential learning loops with peer, expert or automated feedback.
What you will learn in this article:
- What is a feedback loop?
- How do I set up a moderated assessment?
- How do I add in the questions and structure to my moderated assessment?
What is a feedback loop?
Every experiential learning activity is built around the experiential learning loop. To facilitate experiential learning, one of our credos is “AMLAP” – As Many Loops As Possible!
The more loops and the faster the feedback, the more your learners have the chance to apply their knowledge and build the skills they need to succeed.
How to set up your moderated assessment
To add a Feedback loop, simply drag the task into the content area.
Once created, click on the title or the edit icon to configure the feedback loop.
We have designed Practera to support the largest possible amount of flexibility when it comes to feedback. Configuration of feedback loops has a somewhat steep learning curve, but once you get comfortable with the options, you have an immensely powerful tool at hand that no other learning system can offer.
There are 10 distinct areas that are editable
- Change the title by clicking on it
- Change the assessment type. Feedback loops are defined as “moderated”. If you want to setup an experiential learning feedback loop, do not change this. Practera offers other types of assessments as well, which are described in the article (Selecting Feedback Types)
- Define team or individual submission. If it is a team submission click yes, only one member of the team needs to submit the task, which will submit it on behalf of every team member. “No” means that each individual needs to submit.
- Indicate whether or not the task has a due date. If so, it needs to be scheduled on the calendar before the experience can go live.
- Submission confirmation email. Select yes if you would like the learners to receive an email upon submission and no to turn these off.
- Automate the assignment of reviewers. If yes, you can choose the role of the reviewer that should be assigned. E.g. “learner” for peer reviews, “expert” for expert reviews or “coordinator” for coordinator reviews etc. The scope will define the pool of reviewers: If “team” is selected, Practera will assign a person with a matching role that is in the same team as the submitter. If experience is selected, Practera will select a person at random with a matching role that is enrolled in the experience. Practera selects the next reviewer by checking who has been assigned to the least amount of reviews to date.
- Export the structure for import (coming soon) into a different experience or the same one (cloning).
- Set a description for submitters
- Delete the Feedback loop
- Set the questions and structure. Full details in the next section below
How to structure and set up your questions
Submissions are structured in question groups. Each question group can have one or multiple questions. Each question has a type, which defines its behaviour on the app.
Create question group
Click on “New Group” to add a question group. As well as changing the title by clicking on the dotted line of “New Group”, you can set instructions for submitters and reviewers.
Create a question
Click on “New Question” to add a question to the submission. Change the title by clicking on the underlined “New Question” and then click the edit icon on the right to configure the question. For more details on the different question types and how they are used see the article “Creating Different Question Types” (Coming Soon) for more details.
So now you know how to set up a moderated assessment. you may want to explore articles about non-moderated assessments or question types. You will find these in our Designing Feedback Collection.