uGrade is BU’s name for our online peer and self-assessment system called WebPA, a product of Loughborough University and the University of Hull. uGrade is open source, locally hosted and integrated with Brightspace. It allows groups of students to mark each other’s (and their own) participation in group work against set criteria.
uGrade uses an algorithm to calculate grades for each student based on the marks they have given each other, which can then be automatically used as a weighting on the overall grade awarded by the tutor for the group’s project. So if a group project is given 70% overall by the tutor, then the students that were considered to have worked well on the project by the other group members will get over 70%, and those who were considered to have contributed less will get below 70%.
We’ve recently updated our guidance for uGrade in the Brightspace Staff Resources area. Here you will find step-by-step guidance on:
- setting up your uGrade
- viewing responses and marking
- and the student experience when taking the assessment.
If you would like any further help with using uGrade in your unit contact your Faculty Learning Technologist.