Online Learning Technology Challenges GoogleDocs and Pearson: New research reveals the impact of CritiqueIt peer review technology on learning and student engagement

Share Article

New research places CritiqueIt ahead of GoogleDocs and Pearson’s MyCompLab as a tool to facilitate dynamic, rich-media interaction on documents. Conducted by a doctoral panel on the effectiveness of leading peer review technologies, the research amplifies CritiqueIt’s power to change the way universities use and think of online learning. CritiqueIt is a cloud product that allows users to post text, audio, and video comments on content: documents, images and presentations. By allowing engaging, multi-modal, personal feedback on documents, CritiqueIt stands in contrast to static and complex learning management systems and equally confusing free solutions. CritiqueIt offers a more personal, collaborative environment that’s simple to learn, easy to implement.

The study focused its investigation on cloud-based technologies, and measured CritiqueIt against leading peer review competitors using contemporary learning theories. Because peer review is crucial to students’ writing, critical thinking, and rhetorical awareness, CritiqueIt is an ideal digital approach to English. In addition, the product’s flexibility lends itself to broad use in other disciplines, distance learning and as a supplement to in-class instruction. As the research concluded, “CritiqueIt could be especially beneficial and useful in the distance learning environment because it facilitates a more personal, collaborative experience by allowing students to comment asynchronously in ways similar to a face-to-face setting.”

CritiqueIt launched with pilot partnerships with leading research universities. The University of Southern California’s Marshall School of Business embraced the forward-thinking technology from the beginning. “We wanted a technology that was simple and would give us cutting-edge online interaction,” states eLearning Associate Director, Jerry Whitfield. “Text, audio, video commenting is robust. It cuts down workload and instructors can give feedback on anything, even PowerPoint.”

“It’s not technology for technology-sake,” concludes researcher, Megan McKittrick. “It’s such an intuitive system that it enables the instructor to utilize all the benefits fully without distracting from the purpose. Because it’s so easy to use, students will want to play with it, and that’s a beautiful thing.”

Share article on social media or email:

View article via:

Pdf Print

Contact Author

Alexa Fleur
Email >
Visit website