What is PRAZE?
PRAZE is an intuitive anonymous web-based peer review system, developed at the University of Melbourne, that automates and flexibly manages the entire peer assessment process. It promotes effective learning by providing students with prompt and diverse feedback, engaging them in critical analysis and self-reflection. PRAZE’s versatility allows it to be used across a wide range of disciplines for the peer-review of almost any document type.
Since early 2008, our prototype has been successfully tested in 73 different subjects with a total of over 10,000 enrolments and has received awards at both the University of Melbourne and through the Australian Learning and Teaching Council (ALTC) .
What is unique about PRAZE?
PRAZE has a unique ability to allow for groups and topics to become part of the structure of the peer review process. This means that students can be assigned to groups and/or topics. As the administrator, you can determine the rules for the reviewing process. For example, you can specify which topics students will review work from. Likewise, groups can review either another group’s work or an individual’s work.
Who developed PRAZE?
PRAZE is an online tool that was developed in 2008 by a group of academics (including Raoul Mulder and Jon Pearce) at the University of Melbourne who were keen to see student peer review used more widely.
How do I access PRAZE?
University of Melbourne users access PRAZE via the University’s central Learning Management System (LMS), making it easily accessible by instructors and students. The PRAZE-support team is available to provide help and training if and when required.
(2015: Sadly PRAZE is no longer available to non-University of Melbourne users.)
University of Melbourne staff can register for PRAZE use on the PRAZE web site and also see some short videos of PRAZE in action.