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Peer Evaluation

Students working in groups can use peer evaluation tools to evaluate each other and submit reviews to the instructor.

After a pilot study, iPeer is no longer supported by UMass Amherst, and instead we are recommending CATME.


The CATME Smarter Teamwork tools help students succeed in their class-related team experiences and develop one of the skills that employers value most: the ability to work effectively in teams.

CATME includes two main tools: CATME Team-Maker and CATME Peer Evaluation. Description from CATME Tools:

CATME Team-Maker is a tool for instructors to gather information from students and assign students to teams.  Instructors choose the criteria and weighting that are most relevant to successful teamwork in their classes.

CATME Peer Evaluation enables instructors to gather information about the contributions of team members and their team experiences.  It includes self and peer evaluation of five dimensions of team-member contributions.  The system analyses the data, flags unusual rating patterns, and allows instructors to use the information for student feedback and grading purposes. There is also a library of follow-up questions that instructors can choose to administer to better understand their teams’ processes and functioning.

For more information on using CATME at UMass Amherst, see: Get Started with CATME Team-Maker and Peer Evaluation.