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I was of the impression that three reviews were required to pass the assignment, both doing and receiving three reviews.
I seemed to have passed with just one review, is that correct?

It that is correct, we are in a situation, where one (1) peer alone can decide if you pass or fail!

Should it happen that one fails on the basis of one review, and without any mentors to help, and access to help from Coursera has been fitted with several hurdles, and only luck decides if you manage to reach someone, then it has created an unsustainable situation.

Anyone who can explain this?

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@Xamãma , In courses that had low enrollment, too many people were unable to complete the course if they needed several reviews. It would be so frustrating to the learner. They did everything right, they passed all the quizzes and did all the assignments, and did them all in the timeframe neeeded. It's not their fault that there weren’t enough peers to review their assignment. They would be stuck waiting for reviews. In the field of education, which is what I mentored, many needed to show proof that they took this course. They were on a deadline. Without such proof, their salary increments would be held up or they would get an unsatisfactory rating from their boss. The only other option would be to retake the course. If you were on a deadline such as many were, this would reflect poorly on you. I had sent many learners to the Help Center so they could make an exception and pass these learners. I was so glad when they changed this.

As a learner, you have the option to go to the next session and try to get more reviews. Hopefully and usually, if you have completed an assignment clearly and carefully, paying close attention to the rubrics, then whoever grades you will do an adequate job. There is no perfect solution especially in a course with low enrollment but this seems to have been the best solution.
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I agree with more or less everything you write. In the courses I do, we do not do quizzes, so there is no right or wrong answer, only criterias.

Lets say a Science fiction writer, whose writing moves on at a fast speed, and I write social realisme, which to the science fiction writer is probably dead boring, he will easily downgrade something, because it is not in his taste (this has actually happened to me). With only one review, that would have ended as a fail. It was luckily at the time of 'three reviews' and the other two reviewers passed my assignment. But otherwise, I would have had to start over, simply because my area of writing is different to that of the reviewer. Also the reviews in the courses I do, is not just about pass or fail, it also teaches us something, it is part of the learning curve.

I did pass this weeks assignment, though from the review I could detect, that the reviewer had rushed through. He therefore refers to the 'subject' as a woman, though it is clear when reading it properly, that the 'subject' is a man, especially as I finish the assignment with the words, "The dad I never had"!

So with one reviewer only, you will experiece all the same troubles, just the other way round, but I understand and appreciate your answers. Thank you.

Best wishes,

Liliane
Thank you @Xamãma for your explanation. I can understand how it could be a problem. I wish there were easier solutions.
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Hi @Xamãma. All Coursera learners can reach the support team via the Help Center. Answers to common questions are in the Help Center articles. But if the answer is not in an article, a learner may contact a support agent by email. I've created tutorial here to explain how it works: How to get technical help with Coursera.

I'm sorry to hear about the frustrating experience you had with the peer review. If you continue to have issues with reviews in this course, please report the issue to the support team.
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Judith wrote:

Thank you @Xamãma for your explanation. I can understand how it could be a problem. I wish there were easier solutions.



Hi Judith,

Thank you for your answers, you hae been very kind.

Best wishes,

Liliane
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Laura wrote:

Hi @Xamãma. All Coursera learners can reach the support team via the Help Center. Answers to common questions are in the Help Center articles. But if the answer is not in an article, a learner may contact a support agent by email. I've created tutorial here to explain how it works: How to get technical help with Coursera.

I'm sorry to hear about the frustrating experience you had with the peer review. If you continue to have issues with reviews in this course, please report the issue to the support team.



Hi Laura,

I am an IT-imbecile, so your link is of great value, thank you. I will keep it at hand, hopefully I will not need it.

Best wishes,

Liliane

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