A comparison of peer evaluation: The Evaluation App versus DeviantArt

Brian Michael McCreight, Purdue University

Abstract

Using a causal comparative analysis approach, this study examines the use of a specifically designed peer evaluation Rich Internet Application (RIA) – The “Evaluation App” -- versus its Web application counterparts. Traditional peer evaluation Web applications are often overloaded with redundant and unnecessary features for reviewing and critiquing projects related to interactive media and applied computer graphics. With a decrease in interactivity, feature overload, and less targeted functionality, these kinds of Web applications tend to be less engaging for peer evaluation operations. This study attempts to examine the efficiency and practicality of RIAs used for the purpose of digital media critiques and evaluation.^ According to Driver and Rogowski (2007), RIAs offer a “seamless user experience” (p. 2). Peer evaluation combined with the functional benefits of RIAs offer students a potentially seamless user experience in an accessible desktop mechanism.^ Building on previous research in the areas of educational and interactive media, this thesis details an experimental study that compares a RIA specifically designed for use in educational peer evaluation with current digital technologies traditionally used to support the critiquing process.^

Degree

M.S.

Advisors

La Verne Abe Harris, Purdue University.

Subject Area

Information Technology|Information Science|Computer Science

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