The 2016-2017 academic year at USF Tampa has seen a large number of student lab and assignment submissions. Over 89,100 students papers were submitted—37,600 in the fall, 46,800 in the spring, and 4,600 in the summer. There was a 20% increase in student paper submissions between fall and spring. Over 74,300 peer reviews have also been submitted—35,300 in the fall, 34,600 in the spring, and 4,300 in the summer. There was a 2% decrease in peer review submissions between fall and spring.
Within this large body of documents, nearly 44,000 student papers have been opted-in to the extensive writing corpus—18,800 from the fall, 22,500 come from the spring, and 2,500 from the summer. Additionally, 23,400 peer reviews have been opted-in to the corpus—10,800 in the fall, 11,000 in the spring, and 1,500 in the summer. Researchers can use this corpus to analyze and identify factors that lead to strong student progress and program performance.
Though this research corpus is sizable, the MyReviewers team is still working on increasing the number. Currently, opted-in student papers only account for 50% of all fall papers, 48% of all spring papers, and 55% of all summer papers, or roughly half of all papers submitted within the academic year.
Meanwhile, opted-in peer reviews only account for 31% of all fall reviews, 32% of all spring reviews, and 36% of all summer reviews, or roughly a third of all peer reviews submitted within the academic year. This means that many students and professors are still on the fence about letting their work be researched, especially when it comes to peer reviews.
The MyReviewers team is optimistic that this trend will change in the future. One possible strategy for increasing opt-in numbers for student paper submissions is to focus on spring courses, which has over 16% more papers than the fall. This can be done either by convincing students ahead of time in the fall or by marketing the benefits of student paper analysis more heavily in the spring.
As for peer reviews, all semesters should be targeted since only about a third of all peer reviews are currently being opted-in. Benefits of analyzing peer reviews should be emphasized to students and professors so that they can understand the purpose of the corpus and how it will be used to increase student progress and program performance.