This is a joint and resounding “Thank you!” to KA and its community---but right now especially to some of the community members---from Guardian Evan Lewis and retired Guardian Inger Hohler who has switched to teaching peer evaluations.
From Dec. 27 to Jan. 2nd inclusive, a group of students put in an amazing effort to help reduce the CS Evaluation queue and report plagiarism and low quality evaluations. Some of those who signed up found they had less time than they’d hoped for. This is quite understandable given the time of the year, and their academic situation. We have listed all who contributed by either reporting programs or by doing evaluations during the project. Hopefully the others have gained some understanding of the projects that will aid them in the future.
Hopper Is Me
Special thanks to ChrisRennick56 for providing the professional’s CS input.
Throughout the project, the group was able to provide 690 project evaluations, which averages 62.7 projects per member. Of those evaluations, 78 were from the Algorithms queue. As a group, we were able to reduce the wait time from 7 to 6 months for the Algorithms queue just in the course of a week. 13 different project hot lists were checked for plagiarism, and a total of 238 programs were reported for plagiarism, off-topic content, and abuse combined.
Assuming that each member spent an average of 2 min evaluating a project from the normal queue, and 6 min evaluating a project from the advanced queue, we have estimated that the group spent a total of 28.2 hours evaluating projects throughout the week. This doesn’t include the time spent checking for plagiarized programs, working on their own programs, or learning about how to give high-quality evaluations.
The higher your structure is to be, the deeper must be its foundations.
This is a quote from Saint Augustine, cited at the head of the chapter “Filling in the gaps” by Salman Khan in “The One World Schoolhouse”.
It’s been great seeing a group ranging from teenagers to senior citizens work together on their foundations of project understanding!
And in a different sense: Thank you for being part of the firm foundations of the KA community!
Evan Lewis, Guardian
Inger Hohler, Retired Guardian now teaching project evaluations