Kritik vs. PeerScholar

When comparing Kritik to PeerScholar, ask these questions to identify why Educators and Students choose Kritik

Does PeerScholar have a live chat and real-time support?

PeerScholar only provides email support for users and does not have a live chat where students and educators can ask questions and get answers right away. Having a live chat and real-time support on weekdays and weekends is integral for any EdTech platforms given that students and educators have dynamic schedules. Having no customer support in crucial times can result in jeopardizing student’s grades and burdening educators with more administrative work.

Kritik can do it better
Unlike PeerScholar, Kritik offers a live chat & real-time support to assist all users at their time of need to ensure they have a seamless and meaningful learning experience using the platform. Kritik’s live chat operates as early as 8:00 AM and as late as 8:00 PM with a response time of under 5 minutes to ensure that both students and faculty receive consistent access to support.

Does PeerScholar allow students to provide feedback on feedback?

Unlike PeerScholar’s Reflect stage where students only read their peers’ evaluations, Kritik’s Feedback-on-Feedback (FoF) stage provides students with the structure and guidance on how to receive and provide peer evaluations which is an essential life lesson. It encourages students to investigate how critical and motivational the evaluations are while validating the correctness of their peers’ comments.

Kritik can do it better
Most peer assessment techniques and platforms adopted by instructors involve only two steps: Submission and Peer Evaluation. To further improve students’ knowledge retention and increase the quality of student's written evaluations over time, Kritik adds a third step; students are required to read the evaluations they have received and rate the quality of the written feedback.

The FoF stage forces students to re-engage in the material, improving their overall understanding of course concepts while enhancing their knowledge retrieval capacity and abilities. Having exposure to multiple evaluations and analyzing different perspectives enable students to self-reflect and apply the evaluating strategies they’ve learned from their peers to their own practice.

Can PeerScholar accurately calibrate grades and ensure fair peer-to-peer grading?

Calibrated and fair peer-to-peer grading is the most important aspect of peer evaluations. It is integral for any platform to guarantee students who are providing genuine, accurate and authentic evaluations are rewarded and have a greater impact on their peers’ grades while ensuring those who provide generic, inauthentic or inaccurate evaluations have a lower impact in order to minimize biased or careless grading. PeerScholar does not calibrate grading and students are subjected to receiving biased and unfair grades.

Kritik can do it better
Through Kritik’s proprietary ‘grading power’ algorithm, the weighting of students’ evaluations is constantly being calibrated throughout the term which ensures a fair distribution of TA-level graders across the class.

Instructors can also administer calibration activities anytime at their discretion should they choose to manually benchmark their students’ peer evaluating skills and adjust grading power.

Can PeerScholar provide a discussion board with an automatic point system for contribution?

PeerScholar does not offer a discussion board outside of the peer evaluating activities and students don’t have the opportunity to interact with one another outside of the preset topics.

Kritik can do it better
Kritik’s discussion feature allows students and professors to post questions, poll the class, engage in group discussions on course topics all while students are learning remotely. Kritik’s AI-driven technology can automatically score student responses to discussion topics and pinpoint students who are not engaging with the material and guide them towards solutions.

As experienced by hundreds of educators, generic and non-interactive discussion boards result in lower student engagement than expected. However, an effective discussion board allows students, instructors and TAs to have an internal communication medium to openly share ideas and opinions in a manner that invites everyone to participate in academic, professional or personal dialogues.

Kritik’s discussion feature joins its peer assessment tool as mechanisms specifically designed to build vibrant community classrooms in online settings, encourage inquiry-based learning and further increase students’ engagement levels.

Can PeerScholar give students the opportunity to dispute grades and flag comments?

Unlike PeerScholar, Kritik gives students the option to appeal their scores and flag written comments should they choose to contest their peers’ evaluations. Having the option to dispute grades and flag comments plays an integral role in students’ learning process. It allows them to apply multiple-perspective reasoning for dynamic problem-solving in pursuit of identifying viable approaches to various questions. Disputing grades and flagging comments encourages students to learn from their mistakes and deeply reflect on their strengths and weaknesses through student-to-student and instructor-to-student coaching.

Kritik can do it better
Once a dispute has been submitted by a student, the instructor or TA will be notified right away to review the assignment, adjust the student’s grades accordingly and/or leave comments back for the student. Although this feature is available for students, Kritik’s analysis of approximately 140,000 peer-evaluated student assignments shows that only 2-5% of students dispute their grades. Aside from having the ability to dispute grades, students can also flag comments if they think they are offensive or inappropriate. Flagged comments will be under review by the instructor.

Can PeerScholar effectively engage students through gamification?

PeerScholar acts similar to an LMS where students just submit assignments and grade each other on activities that don’t build on top of one another. The platform does not contain forms of encouragement and healthy competition that empower students to complete assignments and evaluations of high standards in a timely manner. Gamification is researched to meet students’ new learning styles as education becomes more digital-based. Educational platforms that contain gamified strategies facilitate higher engagement specifically in online environments through the implementation of game design elements that motivate students to strive for excellence. Using this proven pedagogy, students are encouraged to participate in a healthy and enjoyable competitive environment that is both interactive and educational.

Kritik can do it better
Unlike traditional peer assessment platforms, Kritik offers an opportunity for students to achieve academic success through the use of enticing game elements. Through Kritik’s proprietary ‘Grading Power’ mechanism, students are able to actively learn and their academic progress is monitored in the form of a star rating system. They are able to level up their scores, upgrade their evaluator status and earn new badges for new accomplishments thereby improving their peer-assessment skills as the term progresses.

Does PeerScholar provide real-time analytics to students and educators?

To maximize the potential of peer evaluations and digital platforms, it is important for students and educators to not only receive detailed reports regarding assignment grades after submissions but also insights and quantitative data on student progress throughout the term. Having real-time data enables educators to assess students who are struggling, empowering them to coach and closely monitor students’ academic growth. Peer scholar does not provide interactive, insightful analytics for educators and students to use for academic management.

Kritik can do it better
Instructors and TA's maintain full visibility into the peer review process with the ability to track student progress. Kritik will automatically flag at-risk or disengaged students and guide them in the right direction. Kritik’s user-friendly visual data reporting tool provides educators with insights and trends on student progress throughout the term.

Why choose Kritik over PeerScholar?