ComPAIR  // a learning application

Pairing student answers for deeper learning through comparison of peer work

A new approach to an old idea  // vs.

Imagine you are asked to compare two different but similar types of apples. Would it be easier to evaluate them by trying each apple separately or by trying them side-by-side? Most people would prefer them side-by-side. In fact, we all tend to perform better when comparing than in more general evaluations, an idea going back at least to 1927 and Thurstone's Law of Comparative Judgment.

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We've applied comparative judgment to an innovative and flexible learning application called ComPAIR.

ComPAIR presents peer answers in pairs for students to evaluate and give feedback on. By placing answers in a paired context, students can use their inherent ability to compare in evaluating the answers. They can also use each answer as a reference when writing feedback. This approach helps students identify strengths or weaknesses that may not be as evident for a single isolated answer, encouraging richer peer feedback and deeper critical thinking.

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