How iPeer Groups work
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Let me explain it to you: How are iPeers used in my classes - 8 minute explanation. Please watch this.
- Everyone will be part of an iPeer group made up of 2-4 people
- Many pairs work very well if they know each other and like to work together
- New groups should consider 3-4 people to reduce the impact of illness, drops, varying levels of involvement
- The objective is the successful development of the skills covered in the course
- Many iPeers become each others first resource for help. That is fine but not a requirement. The Discussion board is the official method and helps to spread the knowledge to the entire class
- The iPeer Protection Rule: This should be a low-stress, low-risk environment. You shouldn't find it necessary to argue with your partner or the instructor over a point or two here and there. If you have substantial issues or if your iPeer drops off the grid, contact the instructor (soon with an FYI at least)
Selecting Your iPeer(s)
- Any method is fine with me. Pick one or more classmates as your iPeer(s)
- Use the People list for assistance selecting iPeers
- Look over the introductions in the Discussion board
- I leave it up to each peer group to determine the ultimate size of the group
- If you haven't all found a group by week two, I start helping assemble groups of 3-4
- Once the group forms or changes, one member email (not Canvas messaging) your group member names to me. Please cc the others in your group and put the course number in the Subject line so when I Reply All everyone will know it is taken care of.
Why don't I just assign all groups? Given our objective, I think most people do best with groups they have formed and are comfortable with.
Late Adds and Drops
If you find yourself without a group - Late Add or your iPeer Drops
- You are free to join any other group that you find willing to add you, or
- I will send out a quick appeal looking for a spot so you can get going
iPeer Assessment Form
At the end of the quarter each iPeer group will email one copy of the iPeer form (link to Excel spreadsheet) to me, cc'ing each of the members. See the above video for details on how to complete it.
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