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Canvas - What is a peer review assignment?

A peer review assignment enables students to provide feedback on another student's assignment submission. Peer reviews are a tool that allows communication between students and can help students master the concepts of a course and learn from each other. Peer review can be assigned to show student names or display anonymously.

Peer Review Assignments

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When creating an assignment, instructors can assign peer reviews for students [1]. Peer reviews can be assigned manually by an instructor or automatically by Canvas. Group assignments can also be assigned peer reviews.


When a peer review has been assigned, students can view a notification in their Dashboard To Do sidebar or Activity Stream [2]. Students will also receive an email notification.


If the assignment is not an On Paper or No Submission assignment type, students can also view the peer review information in the sidebar of the assignment details page.


Peer Review Comments

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To complete a peer review, students must review the assignment and leave a comment on the submission details page [1].


Students cannot view previously submitted comments by any other reviewers, including instructors and TAs.


Instructors can also assign a rubric to the assignment. If the assignment includes a rubric [2], students must also complete the rubric to complete the peer review. The rubric score is used for an assessment opinion only; the instructor will later review the assignment and assign the final grade.


Peer Review Grades

Students do not receive a grade for completing a peer review. If an instructor wants to assign extra points for peer reviews, they can create a No Submission assignment in the Gradebook and assign points manually. The Peer Review page for the assignment will show the names of students who have completed the peer review.


Anonymous Peer Reviews

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As part of creating a peer review, the anonymous option allows instructors to hide the name of the student reviewer from the student with the submission. The reviewer cannot see the name of the assigned person whose work is to be reviewed, and the student who submitted the assignment cannot view names associated with any comments.


Notes about Anonymous Peer Reviews


  • Email notifications sent to students about peer reviews are anonymous. Student reviewers cannot view the name of the person whose work they are reviewing.
  • Once an instructor or TA has assigned peer reviews, the viewing setting cannot be changed. For instance, a regular peer review cannot later be made anonymous—and appear anonymous—unless the peer review is deleted and re-assigned.
  • Crocodoc does not support anonymous comments, so Crocodoc cannot be used for annotated feedback.
  • Instructors and TAs can always view the names of student reviewers in SpeedGrader and on the student submission page.

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Keywords:canvas peer review what is peer review   Doc ID:70678
Owner:John B.Group:New Mexico State University
Created:2017-02-14 15:09 MSTUpdated:2017-11-02 08:37 MST
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