3. Configure moderation

When a student creates a learning resource is can go through a moderation (or evaluation) process. During this process, users check the resource is correct and effective. This process can enhance learning as it requires students to think deeply about course material in order to evaluate whether or not their peers have understood the course material.

To change the moderation settings:

1. Click Admin on the left navigation menu
2. Click Course Settings on the top navigation menu
3. Under the heading Moderation select the moderation type. There are three types of moderation you can choose from:

  • Staff Moderation: Students are not involved with evaluating resources. Staff are responsible for making each decision. 
  • Smart Moderation: Students are primarily responsible for evaluating resources. If a group of students tend to think a resource is effective it passes moderation. If a group of students tend to think a resource is ineffective the resource is sent back to the author for resubmission. If students are in strong disagreement, the system will recruit more students to moderate the resource. Resources with strong student disagreement are flagged for an instructor on the Inspect page. Any instructor-moderation is final and overrules any and all student-moderations. 
  • No Moderation: Student resources are automatically added to the repository without any evaluation from students or staff. As with all moderation types, if students find a resource that is ineffective they are able to flag the resource for instructor review or downvote the resource for effectiveness.

4. If you selected Staff or No Moderation in step three click the save button. Your course is now set up. If you selected Smart Moderation in step three continue to the next step.

5. Input the mastery rating students are required to have before they can moderate in the Minimum rating require to be granted moderator status field

  • This setting allows you to choose what mastery rating students are required to have before they can moderate. For example, if you set this to 1200 students with a mastery rating of 1200 or above will be able to moderate. If you want to allow all students to moderated, input zero (0).
  • Note about the mastery rating: As students use RiPPLE the system estimates how well students have mastered a topic using a rating system. Students are estimated to be a novice when their mastery rating is below 900, proficient between ratings of 900-1200, and distinguished above ratings of 1200. 

6. Input the number of students you want to moderate each resource at a minimum in the Minimum moderations before decision field

  • At a minimum, RiPPLE will wait for this many moderations before approving or denying a resource. RiPPLE may require more moderations if moderator confidence is low or responses are in conflict with each other. For example, if you input 4 this means at least four (4) students are required to moderate a resource before RiPPLE decides if the resource is effective or not. If the four (4) students are in some agreement RiPPLE will be able to make a decision. If the students have strong disagreement the system will require more student moderations.

7. Input the number of students you want to moderate each resource at a maximum in the Maximum moderations before decisions field

  • RiPPLE may require more moderations than the minimum number you have selected. If this happens input the maximum number of students you want to moderate a resource before a decision is finalised.

8. Click the save button.