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Peer Review with Google Forms and Sheets 

I saw this on a list serve today and thought I would share.  Peer review can be so beneficial to students, and can also be of service to extra large classes when paired with a robust rubric.

Peer Review with Google Forms and Sheets 
1:  Assign each student a random number; make sure they can see it (text column in gradebook). <- this was for anonymous review
2:  Create a Google Form to collect feedback in. Populate the form with survey-style questions mirroring your grading rubric.
3:  Set up an Assignment in the LMS for the students to upload their papers; be sure to have them only sign it with their assigned number for anonymity.
4:  Download the essays and save them as .pdf files named with the assignment and number (ex: 5678 PR 1 for student number 5678’s first peer review essay).
5:  Create a Peer Review 1 folder in Google Drive and drag all the .pdf essays into it.
6:  Create a Google Sheet with columns for the student numbers and for the numbers on the essays they are assigned to review:
7:  Students input review scores and comments; instructor does the same using a recognizable number such as “9999”.
8:  Once the deadline has passed, sort the results sheet by student number, calculate averages, triple-check for anonymity, and share the form (“read only”).     (This formatting takes time but is still better/easier/more efficient than the Bb Peer Review tool, and free.)
9:  Enter scores in gradebook.

“It’s labor-intensive but the students benefit from seeing all the feedback”

credit to Judith Littlejohn from SUNY Genesee Community College.

echo360 Q&A (info change and general guide)

New Update:

Instructors can now hover over students’ names in the Q&A panel of the classroom, and in the Q&A tab, and see the email address of the student who generated the post. This allows instructors to more clearly identify students with the same name, or students who entered the system with no first/last name on their account.


To monitor classroom questions/discussions

  1. Go to the classroom.
  2. In the classroom toolbar, click the Discussions icon (shown below) to open the Discussions panel and view student posts and responses, pose questions, and respond to students’ questions.
    Instructor classroom view with discussion icon and open panel identified

To post a question from the classroom

  1. In the classroom toolbar, click the New Question icon.
    The Discussions panel opens to show a New Question text box, the same as if you had clicked New Question from the Discussions panel.
    Instructor classroom view with new question icon and panel identified
  2. Enter text into the New question textbox
  3. Click the paperclip icon to include an attachment with your question.
  4. Select whether to Reference class content with the question. This simply means that the classroom presentation will synch to the question when another user selects it.
  5. Enable the Post anonymously slider to post the question without your name. Instructors can see the authors of all posts; students cannot.

The question can now be viewed and responded to by students or other instructors of the section.

To respond to a question from the classroom

  1. In the classroom toolbar, click the Discussions icon (shown below) to open the Discussions panel.
    Instructor classroom view with discussion icon and open panel identified
  2. Click the question/post you want to respond to.
    The Questions panel changes to show a button for responding as well as any previously posted responses.
    Discussion panel with clicked question for responding as described
    The question panel changes to show a response text box.
    discussion panel with response text box shown for responding to post as described
  4. Enter your response in the text box.
  5. Click the paperclip icon to include an attachment with your response.
  6. Enable the Post anonymously slider to post your response without your name. Instructors can see the authors of all posts; students cannot.
  7. Click POST.

The Discussion panel changes to show you have responded to the question.

Click the menu arrow (also called a “chevron”) located to the right of a question/response to display the Edit and Delete commands. All users can edit their own (and only their own) questions or responses. Users can also delete their own posts.

As an instructor, you can delete any questions or responses posted by students if they are inappropriate.

To endorse a particular post, click the “thumbs up” icon.

Call for Proposals

Dear Teaching Colleagues,

Greetings from The Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching.  We are currently planning our annual Teaching & Learning Colloquium to be held  from 8:30-4:30 on Friday, November 2, 2018, and you are invited to participate.
The goal of this colloquium is to provide a dedicated space & time to engage the SBU teaching community in discussion of current teaching practice while also enabling faculty to discover CELT & DoIT services available that support their instructional mission.
To make the colloquium as authentic and pragmatic as possible, we are hoping to tap into your personal teaching expertise. That’s why we’re inviting you to present a 45-minute breakout session.
The breakout sessions are organized into four tracks:
  1. Experiential Learning
  2. Accessibility and Universal Design for Learning
  3. Academic Success
  4. SBOLD/TALENT Grant, Innovative, and Distance Learning Projects
We invite you to share your effective instructional strategies and passion for teaching. Please propose your presentation by completing this form by Friday, June 1.
Thanks in advance for considering this opportunity to collaborate with CELT’s mission of nurturing the teaching community here at Stony Brook.


The Center for Excellence in Learning & Teaching
Colloquium Planning Committee
631.623.2358 (CELT)

Open SUNY Summit

I’ve really enjoyed this conference in the past.  I find that the speakers are generally extremely well curated from the keynote circuit of this years best conferences.  If you, like me, haven’t gotten to attend many conferences, you should consider watching this event via the live stream.  There is no cost and no registration requirements.

Further information is provided here: 

including information for the ability to interact via     and via twitter (#OpenSUNYsummit)

It starts tomorrow at 10:00 am (Weds Feb 28th)

Are you fully using echo360?

Lecture Recordings in lecture halls with echo360:

If you are teaching in a classroom that has SB Capture (Echo) installed, and you would like your course recorded, make sure you submit a request  as soon as possible. (You will need to log into your Stony Brook Google Account to access the form). Other classrooms are equipped with echo360 recording devices in them, please contact us to confirm if your classroom has echo360 installed! If you choose to publish recordings to Blackboard, you will need to add your recordings to your course. The option of live streaming to your enrolled students is also available for these facilities. For more information, visit:

Personal Capture is available if you are not teaching in a room that has Echo installed or you would prefer to record lectures from your personal computer, please know that you can install personal capture and request that recordings are published in Blackboard.  For more information , visit:

Student Engagement enhances the utility of echo360 captures in the cloud platform. Students can engage with content, peers and instructors using echo360’s ability to take notes, ask questions and place study or confusion markers as they watch the videos.

Every user has their own Library in echo360, where they can upload video and powerpoint content to the cloud to be shared to individual students, small groups, other instructors or their entire class. Login to get started.

and From Turning Technologies

Take advantage of our free webinars!

Most instructors use TurningPoint as a quick and simple way to connect with students and support active learning. However, there is much more to TurningPoint, and you could be missing out.


Join us for a free webinar! Our experts will walk you through TurningPoint’s more advanced features so that you can be sure you are getting the most out of our software.

This webinar is perfect for individuals who are using basic multiple-choice questions and want to expand their use of the software. Learn such things as incorporating competitions, demographics, pre/post assessment and much more!
Thursday, December 7th at 2:00 PM EST

Are you interested in learning how TurningPoint can increase engagement and retention? Do you want to turn your current PowerPoints into interactive presentations? Join us for a 60-minute session that will teach you the basics of the software and how to quickly get up and running.
Wednesday, December 13th at 3:00 PM EST

Find out how to create TurningPoint questions that motivate and stimulate new learning, appropriately measure learning objectives, reinforce fundamental knowledge, sharpen reasoning skills and enhance quality control.
Thursday, December 14th at 2:00 PM EST


From echo360…

We are excited to announce that our support, documentation, and training resource site is now live with a single unified experience in our new Echo360 Resource Center!

The Resource Center was built with our institutions and our users in mind – whether you are an instructor, student or administrator, we’ve got a new and improved experience for you.


  • Improved Portal Login for Administrators
  • Easier-to-Find Content
  • Critical System Status

Check out this quick demo that showcases the exciting highlights.

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What this means for you?

We are going to keep the legacy site ( and the Resource Center running in parallel until the end of January.  Many of our partner institutions have linked content from to internal help desk or vendor support sites within their institution.  Those links will need to be updated and relinked to the Resource Center.

We look forward to delivering you and your Echo360 user community a better experience.


Echo360 Academic Partnerships Team