Insights from Two Million Student Peer Evaluations with Kritik

4 years, 140,000 students, 800+ professors, and over two million peer evaluations with Kritik. 

In the past 4 years, Kritik has expanded across North America, finding a place in higher education classrooms with 10- 2000 students and institution-wide adoption. As we surpass over 140,000 users across 250+ institutions, we are reminded that learning happens best in a balance – learn and teach. 

What do 2 million peer evaluations look like?

With over 2 million peer evaluations completed on Kritik, we are at a significant point in our journey as pioneers in the peer assessment market. These numbers represent not just a milestone but a testament to the importance of peer learning in higher education. 

Looking at the insights gained from the first million evaluations, the second million has provided us with much more valuable data and experiences.

1. Assignment Types

Kritik has four different activity types, each with a different purpose: Individual, Group, Live Presentation, and Calibration. However, the ‘Individual' activity type is the most popular among professors, with almost 14,000 activities created. Following that is the 'Group’ activity option, with just under 1000 crafted.

Calibration comes in as a close third, with over 600+ assignments created by instructors. This feature is only privy to Kritik as it serves as a valuable first step for students to learn how to write constructive and helpful peer feedback.

Watch a quick tutorial on how to set up your calibration assignment.

2. Average Class Size

Kritik embraces variability and is designed to accommodate a spectrum of class sizes. The average class size on our platform typically falls within the range of 35 to 65 students, but our tools and features support small learning communities and more expansive classes with over 1700 students!

3. Average Number of Evaluations per Student

When creating an assignment on Kritik, instructors can decide how many evaluations students will receive from their peers. Across all North American schools where Kritik is used, instructors find that 3 peer evaluations per student enable students to receive a wide range of feedback.

4. Average Number of Days to Receive Personalized Feedback

Instructors using Kritik in their courses are able to administer personalized feedback within just 3 days! The quick and personalized feedback enables students to make prompt adjustments in their work while the content is still fresh in their minds. With diminishing operating budgets across schools in North America, instructors can save costs and better utilize their time.

Read these inspiring stories from instructors who’ve been successful in efficiently managing their department resources with Kritik.

5. Grading Disputes per Assignment

In the last four years, Kritik has made several product improvements to improve grading accuracy, which has led to lower grading disputes. From 2-4% grading disputes in 2020, we are down to 1% across all courses and class sizes as we hit 2 million evaluations!

"I've done manual peer assessment before, and I've used the functions in our LMS, but when I saw Kritik and started researching it a bit, I could tell it is very robust and very slick. I mean, I really think this is the tool I've been waiting for to enhance my teaching and my students' engagement." - Terry Peddlesden at Durham College.

6. Average Number of Kritik Activities Per Course

We are inspired by our users, who show us the versatility and creativity with which they design their assignments on Kritik. With read-and-response activities, scaffolded research papers, podcasts, problem sets, reflection essays, and video presentations, we’ve seen a whole gamut of assignment types. Most professors use Kritik for 4 assignments per course.

Check out creative assignment examples from Prof. Jane Barnette’s course.

7. (Bonus) Number of Professors Using the Live Presentation Feature

One of our newest features is the Live Presentation feature, which allows for student engagement with real-time peer feedback during class presentations. Seeing 500+ activities created within the first few months of launching it, we’re proud to call it a success.

Try Live Presentations in your course.

5 Student Learning Outcomes from Peer Assessment 

1. Better Content Retention because of Peer Evaluations

In a recent survey that we ran, 92% of students said that Kritik helped them learn the course content better. By doing peer evaluations, students are able to see how their peers approached the same problem and fill existing learning gaps by writing constructive feedback to one another.

2. Enhanced Learning Experience because of  Personalized and Quick Feedback

This generation of students is all about instant gratification. Students love to receive feedback as soon as possible! Since instructors have limited time and resources, traditional assessment methods are not able to serve this need. But with Kritik, this has become possible! Our recent student survey result indicated that 92% of students loved how Kritik allowed them to receive personalized feedback quickly.

3. Improving Student Engagement

Irrespective of the class format: online, in-person or hybrid, student engagement was the No. 1 challenge that instructors faced. Peer assessment on Kritik provides multiple opportunities for students to have meaningful engagement and for instructors to design an interactive learning experience. Across all courses, an impressive 85% of students completed all peer evaluations, demonstrating a significant improvement in their involvement in the learning process. This acts as proof for instructors to add peer assessment as a valuable tool to foster active learning in their classrooms.

Watch this video on why students love using Kritik in their courses.

4. Grading Power Improvement

Grading Power deploys a healthy sense of competition among peers to give better quality feedback to level up in the grading hierarchy like they would on an online/mobile game.  Since all students start at the Beginner level, each activity gives them a chance to improve and level up. An impressive 72% of students increased their grading power as they completed course activities, showcasing the increased motivation of students over time.

5. Anonymity allowed for Honest Evaluations

Giving feedback is a skill that needs to be practiced and honed. By making this process anonymous, 98% of students using Kritik reported that they could be more honest and critical than they would have otherwise hesitated to share with their peers.  

Kritik and The Way Forward

Kritik is among the top 5 assessment software in the market and continues to make product improvements that enable instructors to provide a teaching and learning experience built for 21st-century skill development in this AI-driven world.

 1. Create Assignments & Rubrics with AI

Kritik now allows instructors to simply upload their syllabi to receive assignment and rubric design suggestions that are ready to use. This feature is powered by AI and has saves instructors several hours and still be able to produce creative assignments every semester.

Watch a quick tutorial on this feature.

2. Check AI Plagiarized Content

As AI tools become more accessible, plagiarism will continue to be a concern for instructors. Kritik integrated with GPTZero to give instructors an easy way to check the percentage of student submissions generated by AI with over 97% accuracy.

Get free access to Kritik’s AI Plagiarism Detection Tool!

3. Accessibility

Accessibility and inclusivity are unarguable and important within education, making it a priority at Kritik. As changemakers in the field of collaborative learning, Kritik's simplicity in both creation and evaluation processes has become a standout feature for its users, enabling them to seamlessly integrate peer assessments into their academic routines. 

2 million peer evaluations later, we can say without a doubt that collaborative and a connected learning experience is the way forward. With Kritik, instructors get a structured format with an easy to use interface to administer their assignments with peer assessment.

Join us for one of our upcoming workshops to hear instructors discuss how they implement Kritik in their courses and its impact on students’ learning outcomes.

Hrushika Devaraja
Education Researcher