When comparing Kritik to FeedbackFruits, ask these questions to identify why Educators and Students choose Kritik
Does FeedbackFruits have a user-friendly interface, for both students and professors?
When looking for an extension to your teaching practices, it is important that the software is dynamic. Many institutions have in place an LMS platform that centralizes course materials and conducts online tests. Instructors are often in need of platforms that are supplementary to their institution-directed LMS interface that their students are already comfortable using. FeedbackFruits has an LMS embedded system that complicates a platform that is already familiar to students and professors alike, and creates a non-user friendly experience.
Kritik can do it better
Kritik works in tandem with your institution’s LMS platform, without disrupting the use of other platforms. Kritik has effective class list integration to seamlessly merge students onto our platform. Similarly, Kritik can import and export grades onto your institution’s LMS platform. No need to complicate the processes students and instructors are already comfortable with when Kritik seamlessly integrates with LMS platforms.
Does FeedbackFruits encourage accountability in their peer review process through Feedback-on-Feedback?
Research has shown that professors spend approximately 18 hours a week grading papers, assignments and discussion threads. This accounts for 45.67% of the total time professors allocate to various instructional activities for online teaching. Students desire feedback so they can improve their skills, but many students report not receiving timely-feedback to build upon before the end of term. This is where peer assessment works best! However, establishing accountability in the peer evaluation process is critical to the success of peer-to-peer learning activities. FeedbackFruits does not have a Feedback-on-Feedback Model of peer evaluation schemes. Practices with only a singular peer evaluation stage lack accountability and efficacy. Students are unable to receive feedback on their evaluations, making it difficult for students to improve their critical thinking skills and engage with others in their class.
Kritik can do it better
Kritik follows a Feedback-on-Feedback (FoF) Model stage provides students with the structure and guidance on how to receive and provide peer evaluations. It encourages students to investigate how critical and motivational the evaluations are while validating the correctness of their peers’ comments. Through Kritik’s peer grading process, students are empowered to constantly develop their ability to receive and provide feedback with approximately 63% of students saying that they became better evaluators after a few iterations. Kritik’s Feedback-on-Feedback Model creates a closed-loop of accountability. Unlinke open-ended peer evaluation activities, adding this extra step encourages students to provide critical feedback in accordance with the activities rubric and course content. Kritik’s structured Feedback on Feedback model helps students become better evaluators and take responsibility for their part of the grading process.
Does Feedback Fruits have a calibration feature?
A part of peer evaluation that creates a little bit of unease is assigning students the marks evaluated by other students. Instructors are unsure whether these grades were assessed critically and in good faith. Instructors should be able to identify those with strong evaluative skills and be sure that the grades assigned are fair. A system to identify the strengths and weaknesses of a cohort is absent from FeedbackFruits, potentially creating inequitable and inaccurate grade results.
Kritik can do it better
By using Kritik’s unique calibration feature, instructors are able to identify students who are strong evaluators and see where other students are falling short. Our algorithm uses this data to provide students with proportionate and accurate scores for their activities. Students who are engaged in the peer evaluation process by providing critical, accurate and authentic feedback will have a greater impact on their peer’s grades. Students who provide generic, inauthentic and inaccurate feedback have a smaller influence on their peer’s grades. Kritik’s calibration activity compares a professor's evaluation of an activity to the student's evaluation. While our studies have shown that about 94% of student evaluations are on par with how the instructor would have graded the activity, Kritiks AI adjusts the weighting of grades to ensure equity and accountability in the peer evaluation process.
Does FeedbackFruits give students the opportunity to dispute grades and flag comments?
No matter the assessment type, grade disputes are a rather common occurrence in the classroom. A common misconception about peer evaluation activities is that it creates an increase in grade disputes. This is false. Studies have shown that peer assessment largely reduces grade challenges. However, a methodized approach to grade disputes is necessary for a successful peer-to-peer pedagogy scheme. FeedbackFruits does not have a grade dispute process, leaving students feeling dissatisfied with the lack of accountability and instructors with a more grim process of addressing grade challenges.
Kritik can do it better
Kritik’s grading scheme significantly reduces grade disputes. Kritik’s analysis of approximately 140,000 peer-evaluated student assignments show that only 1-4% of students dispute their grades. Should a grade dispute arise, Kritik has a formalized process in the interface for addressing peer evaluation disputes. All evaluations are anonymous, to eliminate any biases. Students are able to dispute a score and flag evaluations that may be inaccurate or inappropriate. The instructor will be notified to assess this dispute from the student. While Kritik equips its platform with these dispute functions, the large majority of the students are very satisfied with the grades that they receive from their peers. Students are learning at a deeper level from having an increased opportunity to apply multiple perspectives for dynamic problem-solving.
Does FeedbackFruits incentivize meaningful student participation through gamification?
Additionally, Kritik leverages introspective gamification techniques to further incentivize active participation in the peer evaluation process. Students have the opportunity to track their improvements as the term progresses through our evaluation scoring system. Students are given profile emblems to show their evaluative skill level. This gamification encourages students to strive for strong participation in evaluative activities. This gamification process also feeds into Kritik’s AI feature, to increase students grading power as they become stronger evaluators, increasing the accuracy of grades. FeedbackFruits does not include gamification strategies in its interface.
Is FeedbackFruits centred around student success through peer-to-peer pedagogy practices?
Students should know that they are prioritized and supported by the companies selected by professors to guide their academic journey. Being confident that you are being provided the best service is detrimental when integrating new technologies into the classroom. Instructors would like to know that students are a platform’s top priority! FeedbackFruits mainly focuses on content integration, rather than creating features based on proven practices for increasing student engagement and material comprehension.
Kritik does it better
Kritik is a committed EdTech platform, backed by research. Kritik was founded to address the biggest problem facing students in Higher Education today: the lack of development of critical thinking skills. Kritik’s Learning by Teaching approach was conceived through years of hands-on work in the world of Academia. Our founders bring deep knowledge of Higher Education and Technology with them: Mohsen is the co-founder of Top Hat & Carine is an accomplished academic with 4 degrees. We are agile, and constantly innovating and implementing new creative, peer-to-peer pedagogy features and ideas, with students and educators at the forefront of our priorities.
Can Professors contribute feature suggestions and upvote the pre-existing suggestions they would like to see implemented?
Have great ideas? We know you do. Individuals working hands-on with a product have valid and beneficial perspectives on potential improvements. FeedbackFruits does not have a feature suggestions mechanism.
Kritik can do it better
Consumers are what drive innovation and improvements to our product. Kritik loves to hear about students’ and instructors’ experiences. Kritik is a company based on feedback and powered by innovation. Many features that exist today are because educators using Kritik requested them - and we delivered! Creating a reciprocal relationship with our clients is what we do best at Kritik. Instead of sending a representative or waiting until a feedback survey to request something they wish Kritik had, educators can access the Feature Requests Tab in their Kritik accounts to express their ideas for new features and functionality to enhance their experience. In the Feature Request Tab, educators can also see what other requests have been made by others in the Kritik Community and upvote those requests for faster implementation. Our Kritik team works hard to make sure highly requested features are implemented fast and efficiently.