Horizon Project:

Peer Review Sounding Board

We have been asked to take part in the horizon project which links students in five different countries. These students are creating wikis that help to explain what is "on the horizon" or the "Next big thing" as described in The Horizon Report .

We have been asked to review and comment on their work. Your comments will be read both by these students and by some serious experts who are evaluating the project. Your main audience is the students. You should remember in your writing that they are working very hard and also that only 1/5 of them are from the USA. Your finished evaluations will be assessed by a team of experts using this rubric.

The six projects are:
  1. User-Created Content
  2. Social Networking
  3. Mobile Phones
  4. Virtual Worlds
  5. New Scholarship and Emerging Forms of Publication
  6. Massively Multiplayer Educational Gaming

Task I: Read

Read and discuss your section of The Horizon Report. Discuss these questions as a group:
  • What do you understand about the trend itself?
  • Why do you think the trend is important for the future?
  • If the actual report is written for adults, how could the project teams make the information easier for you to understand?
  • What would you expect to find out in each trend's section?
  • How will you decide if the project team has done a good job of their trend?

Review the rubric that will be used to assess your feedback. Ensure that you understand all expectations for your work before you begin Task II.

Task II: Thoroughly Review and Discuss

Thoroughly review and discuss your group's selected project.

Students will be asked to assess the projects and provide feedback on the discussion pages of the relevant wiki project pages. Understanding that these are projects in progress (roughly at mid-point), they will be asked to assess the projects as they are now according to the criteria below.

Projects in Progress
Student Groups Providing Feedback
Your Feedback Pages
User-Created Content
Farouk & Hannah
User-Created Content Feedback
Social Networking
JM & Hanisa
Social Networking Feedback
Mobile Phones
Catrina & Mitchell
Mobile Phones Feedback
Virtual Worlds
Sarah & Yoko
Virtual Worlds Feedback
New Scholarship and Emerging Forms of Publication
Aron & Adi
New Scholarship and Emerging Forms of Publication Feedback
Massively Multiplayer Educational Games
Daniel & Fredrik
Massively Multiplayer Educational Games Feedback

Task III: Evaluate Projects in Progress

Use the criteria below to evaluate the each group's work. Be sure to remember that they are only about half-way through their project. This means that your comments will help them make their work even better! Think of this as a standard Peer Review and use constructive comments to help improve their work.

Take notes and provide feedback (on your Feedback Page) for each criteria listed below.

NOTE: Your feedback will be evaluated by a panel of experts using this rubric.

Peer Evaluation Criteria

Quality of Content

  • Does the content (writing) make sense?
  • Can you identify any areas which need clarification?
  • Pose three questions that arise from your reading - it could be questions about ambiguity of content, questions that were not addressed, or questions that you had after reading it (you would like more information).


  • Look at the Discussion pages of the wiki pages - effective communication?
  • Do they need more?
  • Are they clear in their messages to each other?
  • Is there a sense of negotiation and collaboration?


  • Does the work appear to be equally shared?
  • Does there appear to be any difficulties by one or more members of the team?

Presentation - Layout and Design

  • amount and relevance of graphics and media - comment on that
  • Recommendations?

Task IV: Provide Peer Feedback

Answer the following questions on your Student Feedback Page (linked in the table above):

NOTE: Your feedback will be evaluated by a panel of experts using this rubric.

  • What do you think are the three key facts from the project?
  • Evaluate the accessibility and usability of the project (video, links, alt text, etc...)? Can you find the information easily? Is it formatted clearly?
  • Is there anything that you would add? There may be important links or ideas that we have covered in class that you could add to this project.

Be sure to follow the online writing guidelines to ensure that your work can be easily read online. Utilize:

  • lots of space between paragraphs
  • clear and deliberate headings in large, bold font
  • bullets to organize lists of information
  • horizontal rules (lines) to separate large sections of text
  • less writing on more pages - links, links, links!
  • images to break up the page

NOTE: These will be probably be read as soon as you post them. Remember these kids have worked very hard. Give them positive, constructive feedback to help them improve their project.

Task V: Tag

Don't forget to tag your work using the Technorati tags: hz07 horizonproject07