MyReviewers was chiefly designed to facilitate document critique, peer review, and writing program assessment. At the same time, as additional universities, instructors, and students use MyReviewers to markup texts, develop rubrics, and conduct peer reviews, a corpus of authentic student writing and assessment develops. As a result, the MyReviewers corpus is becoming an important site of research for investigators in a variety of fields, including educational assessment, corpus linguistics, computer science, and writing studies. Researchers are eager to text mine and data mine this corpus to better understand the development of students’ cognitive, intrapersonal, and interpersonal competencies.
Since 2009, MyReviewers has grown significantly due to its popularity with students and faculty. Our dedication to helping students become better writers has attracted users from universities throughout the U.S. and Europe. Thanks to funding from NSF, we are now partnering with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, North Carolina State University, Dartmouth College, and the University of Pennsylvania to focus on expanding the tool for STEM faculty and students. These STEM pilots are a key step in helping us determine how to improve student writing across the postsecondary curriculum.
During the 2015/2016 academic year, approximately 20,000 students will use MyReviewers. Since the fall of 2014, students at the University of South Florida have uploaded 95,526 texts and conducted 107, 346 peer reviews. Our user base at USF includes students in nine undergraduate courses: Composition 1, Composition 2, Writing for Engineers, Professional Writing, Technical Writing, Basic Chemistry, General Chemistry, Peer Leading, Capstone. In turn, beyond USF, students have uploaded 33,796 essays and conducted 54,541 peer reviews by January, 2016. Our primary partner beyond USF is the Critical Writing Program at UPENN. A WID (Writing in the Disciplines) program, Critical Writing serves approximately 2400 students each year. Additionally, since 2013, we have partnered with English for Academic Purposes at Malmö University (Sweden), a program that serves approximately 500 students each year. Other universities that have piloted MyReviewers during is early development include Tartu University (Estonia), the University of Arizona, and Eastern Michigan University. In total, since 2009, students have uploaded approximately 200,000 texts and conducted over 250,000 peer reviews. These uploads and document reviews have created a corpus of student work, including rubric scores, comments on rubric criterion, sticky notes, and highlighted text notes, and Community Comments that were inserted on students’ texts.
Our increase in document uploads is attributed to our simple yet powerful user interface that helps instructors save time while providing more helpful feedback, helps students better understand their instructors’ feedback and scaffolds peer reviews, and helps administrators prepare accreditation reports.
In the past, teachers would have to manually grade papers by hand, leaving them with little time to provide quality feedback and instruction on how to improve a student’s prose. The affordances of digital tools can help faculty save time and yet provide more helpful feedback.
To learn more about piloting MyReviewers in the classroom, see Pilot MyReviewers.
To learn more about ongoing research at MyReviewers, see Research. If you wish to join the MyReviewers team as an academic researcher, contact Joe Moxley at email@example.com.