Canvas Peer Reviews

Canvas Peer Reviews

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Introduction

A peer review assignment enables students to provide feedback on another student’s assignment submission. Peer reviews allow communication between students and can help students master the concepts of a course and learn from each other. Features
  • Can show students’ names or be completed anonymously
  • Rubrics can be included to ensure consistent review criteria
  • Manual or Automatic distribution
  • Available for Discussions and Assignments

Getting Started

Canvas Peer Reviews are a part of the Canvas Calendar. Begin by logging in to Canvas.

Instructor Resources

Enabling peer review of a Canvas assignment
  1. From within your Canvas course, edit or create a new assignment.
  2. Scroll about halfway down the screen, locate and check the box to Require Peer Reviews.
  3. Select to assign peer reviews manually or automatically.
  4. If assigning automatically, determine how many reviews each student should complete and the date/time they should be made available for review. Note: It is recommended to leave several hours between the assignment due date/time and the assignment of peer reviews so that late submitters are not excluded from being reviewed.
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Enabling peer review of a Canvas discussion

  1. From within your Canvas course, edit or create a new discussion.
  2. Scroll about halfway down the screen, locate and check the Graded box, then choose to Require Peer Reviews.
  3. Select to assign peer reviews manually or automatically.
  4. If assigning automatically, determine how many reviews each student should complete and the date/time they should be made available for review. Note: It is recommended to leave several hours between the assignment due date/time and the assignment of peer reviews so that late submitters are not excluded from being reviewed.
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Syllabus Statement

Important! Using the Canvas Peer Review tool does not require a separate technology statement in your syllabus.

Student Resources

Locating a peer review activity in Canvas

When your instructor assigns a peer review as part of an assignment or discussion, you will receive a notification in several locations: on the Recent Activity view of the Dashboard, in your To Do List, and on the specific assignment/discussion.

Click the link to begin the peer review.

See the ‘How do I know if I have a peer review assignment to complete?‘ guide for more information.


Submitting a peer review in Canvas

To complete the peer review of an assignment/discussion, you must review the student’s assignment/discussion and add a comment in the comment sidebar.

If your instructor includes a rubric, which is a pre-determined outline of how an assignment is graded, you must assign a grade using the rubric. However, your instructor may also ask you to leave a comment in the comment sidebar.

Some peer reviews may also be anonymous, which means you cannot view the name of the student whose assignment you are reviewing. Additionally, the student cannot see your name as the reviewer when you leave a comment to complete the review.  

Review the ‘How do I submit a peer review to an assignment?‘ guide for more information.


Viewing a peer’s feedback in Canvas

When a peer has provided feedback on your assignment, you will receive a notification in the Recent Feedback section in the sidebar of your Canvas course. Feedback is also accessible via the assignment’s submission details or on the individual assignment page.

See the ‘Where can I find my peers’ feedback for peer reviewed assignments?‘ guide for more information.

Online Documentation

Support

The Canvas Calendar and Scheduler tools are supported by Instructure. Use one of the following channels to connect with their 24/7 support:

  • live chat — open the ?Help menu in Canvas and click ‘Chat with Canvas Support’
  • ticket support — open the ?Help menu in Canvas and click ‘Report a Problem
  • phone support — call 515-294-4000, then follow the prompts for Canvas support