How Eli Works
- Set up reviews quickly and easily with custom groups and criteria
- Create simple or complex reviews, based on your learning goals
- See meaningful data about student writing and review performance
- Identify peer exemplars for modeling
- Teach revision strategies with revision plans
- Coach students just-in-time using individualized student reports
- Identify areas for improvement for a whole class with aggregated trend data
- Compare draft and revised versions of student writing in one view with Revise & Resubmit option
- Do more write/review/revise cycles per project – iterate early and often
- Avoid plagiariam through design and instruction, not surveillance and policing
- Shift students’ focus to higher-order concerns in the revision process
- Watch high-quality reviews drive better writing performances over time
Students use Eli Review to do three important tasks: writing, reviewing, and revising. Writing tasks can be completed by composing in Eli or uploading a file. Reviews are done in Eli, guided by criteria provided by teachers. Students use the feedback they receive to make revision plans, and then revise & resubmit their drafts. The result? Better writing and, more importantly, better writers!
The true magic of Eli Review is the real-time data it produces about the writing process. Instructors can get real-time feedback on how reviewers are doing as it happens and watch as students submit their reviews and respond to each others comments. No other product lets you know when to jump in, to answer questions, or see the best comments as they happen.
Writing tasks are the most straightforward feature of Eli Review, letting teachers create prompts to which students compose a response. Tasks can be created on the fly - even during a class - or created ahead of time and saved for later. Students see writing tasks, ordered by due date, along with their review and revision tasks on a single to do list in the Eli Dashboard.
Things to know about writing tasks:
- Teachers can add instructions, a due date, and even allow late submissions
- Writers can compose text directly in Eli, compose in another app and paste into Eli, or upload a file
- Texts can be short, like a thesis statement, or long, like a draft essay
- Teachers can quickly see who has turned in the assignment, and who has not
Review tasks are one of the most powerful features in Eli. They allow teachers to coordinate the review process and see the results of that process like never before. Eli can generate not only a catalogue of peer feedback, but teachers can also create quantitative questions that will yield instant, real-time data about student learning as well as qualitative questions that can encourage helpful feedback that leads to better revision.
Things to know about review tasks:
- Reviews consist of student groups, texts to be reviewed, and teacher-specified response types
- Reviews can be as simple or as complex as learning goals and/or student abilities require
- Response types can be used to make learning goals explicit, even recreating rubrics
- Teachers and students both get to see breakdowns of review responses as writers and as reviewers
- Teachers can watch reviews happen in real time and use real data to coach students to be better reviewers
- Writers can use the feedback they receive to build their revision plans
Revision tasks are where Eli is most powerful. Revision comes in two flavors: Revision Plans allow students to build a prioritized list of tasks identifying their goals for revising their writing, and Revise & Resubmit tasks ask students to carry out their Revision Plans and submit their revised writing. Eli assembles all of these tasks so the instructor sees everything in a single view: first draft, reviews, revision plan, and revisions.
Things to know about revision tasks:
- Students can build Revision plans using peer feedback
- Teachers can create revision tasks consisting of either a revision plan or a revise & resubmit, or both
- Revision plans give teachers insight into student revision intentions, allow for better coaching
- Teachers can create revision tasks for writing that's already been revised - multiple revisions
Eli makes visible much of the writing process that's been difficult or impossible to see in the past. Using this data, both quantitative and qualitative, teachers can make very specific and focused interventions in the writing, review, and revision behaviors of their students.
Things to know about teaching:
- Eli automates much of the busywork of writing instruction - compiling drafts, collecting peer feedback, etc
- Review tasks yield real-time data that can allow teachers to coach reviewer behavior during a review
- Reports from review tasks surface peer examplars that can be used to scaffold both writing and review behaviors
- Just-in-time coaching can be more effective when teachers have drafts, feedback, and revision plans in a single view