Part 7: Spring 2018 Labs

98 Calibrated Peer Review with John Moore – 02.08.2018

Calibrated Peer Review is an online tool that enables peer evaluation of written materials.
In the February 8, 2018 Active Teaching Exchange, John Moore shared his experience using the tool for chemistry lab reports and how his process can be adapted for other written assignments. Follow along with John’s slides and the Exchange notes.


  • Explain to students 1) why this process is important to do, 2) how to prep for deadlines, and 3) that the experience is authentic professional practice.
  • Set expectations for professional, courteous behavior and language.
  • Avoid scheduling a CPR assignment in the same week as an exam (too much time required of students).
  • Borrow a colleague’s eye for calibration question review while creating the assignment; mistakes in calibration questions cause headaches later.
  • Start students off with shorter reports (John does three pages) and gradually increase the length as they develop their skills.

Active Teaching Labs are held Fridays from 8:30-9:45am in room 120, Middleton Building (1305 Linden Dr.) as well as some Wednesdays from 12:30-1:30pm in room 302 Middleton Building. Check out upcoming Labs or read the recaps from past Labs.

Similar to the Active Teaching Labs, Active Teaching Exchanges feature instructors sharing their teaching experiences with tools and techniques, but provide more time for discussion without the hands-on investigation time. Exchanges are are held Thursdays from 1-2pm in room 120, Middleton Building. See the full calendar of both events. Stay informed about upcoming Labs and Exchanges by signing up for regular announcements by sending an email to


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