Peer Review made Easy

Aropä is a web-based system which supports peer review activities. In a peer-review activity, an instructor sets students an assignment. After students have submitted their assignment, they comment on the submissions from other students. Once the review process is complete, students read the comments their peers have made on their own submission.
Aropä is used extensively at the University of Auckland and Glasgow University. It is also used world-wide, with regular use at the following institutions:
  • Franklin University
  • Cyberjaya University College of Medical Sciences
  • Queen's University, Canada
  • Curtin University, Australia
  • University of the West of England
  • Universidad Nacional de Educacion a Distancia, Madrid
  • Washington & Lee University
  • Matej Bel University, Slovakia
In the 2017/8 academic year, over 11% of the entire student body of the University of Glasgow used the system to review their peers' work.
Aropä has been used in classes in the following subject areas:
  • Accounting
  • Anatomy
  • Anthropology
  • Business Project Planning
  • Chemistry
  • Chinese Studies
  • Civil Engineering
  • Classics
  • Clinical Education
  • Commercial Law
  • Computing
  • Engineering
  • English Language
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Film studies
  • Geology
  • Marine Biology
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Media Studies
  • Medicine
  • Molecular Science
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Pharmacology
  • Physics
  • Physiology
  • Physiotherapy
  • Politics
  • Population Health
  • Professional Skills
  • Project Management
  • Public Health
  • Research Skills
  • Software engineering
  • Veterinary Science

In September 2016, we launched a new version of the Aropä system, replacing the original that had been running since 2009: aropa2.gla.ac.uk has a fresher, more modern look, with an enhanced range of features, and a more elegant student interface.

We have two publications and a technical report summarising our experiences with Aropä:
Other publications on Aropä include:
  • ● Helen Purchase & John Hamer. Aropä: peer review made easy. (in e-learning Excellence Awards: An Anthology of Case Histories. Academic Conferences and Publishing International Limited, pp.173-184. ISBN 9781911218166, October 2016)
  • ● John Hamer, Helen Purchase, Andrew Luxton-Reilly & Paul Denny. A comparison of peer and tutor feedback. (Assessment & Evaluation in Higher Education, March 2014)

The earliest publication, which introduced the system, was:
  • ● John Hamer, Catherine Kell & Fiona Spence. Peer assessment using Aropä. (in ACE '07 Proceedings of the ninth Australasian conference on Computing education, 66:43-54, January 2007)

Several instructors have published articles on their use of Aropä: