This tutorial will show instructors how to set up and use the peer review option in Canvas assignments.
Open the assignment you want to set as a peer review assignment and then select Edit.
Scroll down and select Require Peer Reviews.
You can either 1) manually assign peer reviews or 2) have Canvas assign them automatically. You also have the option to 3) hide your students' names from each other.
To hide your students' names from each other so that the reviewer doesn't know whom he/she is reviewing and the reviewee doesn't know who reviewed his/her assignment, select the option under Anonymity. You will still be able to view who performed the review for whom, but your students will not.
Note: if your students put their names on their submissions, the reviewer will still know who he/she is reviewing. To avoid this, instruct your students to not include their names on their assignments.
Continue here for instructions on manually assigning peer reviews. Skip to section B to learn about automatically assigning peer reviews.
A: Manually Assign Peer Reviews
Select Manually Assign Peer Reviews and then select Save & Publish or Save once you have finished editing the assignment. You will assign peer reviews in a different location.
Select the Peer Reviews option in the Related Items pane on the right.
For each student select the Give student another submission to assess and then use the dropdown menu to assign a peer review. Then select Add. If you want your students to do more than one peer review, select Give student another submission to assess again.
Select Back to Assignment in the top right corner to go back to the assignment when you have finished assigning peer reviews.
B: Automatically Assign Peer Reviews
Select Automatically Assign Peer Reviews. Type in how many reviews each user has to complete and select the date when students will be able to access the submissions they are to review.
Note: only students who have submitted the assignment will be assigned a peer review at the date you choose.
Select Save once you have finished editing the assignment.
C: Managing Peer Reviews
Open the assignment and then select the Peer Reviews option in the Related Items pane on the right.
D: View Peer Review Statuses
This page displays whether your students have completed their peer reviews or not. A yellow triangle means that the peer review is not complete. A green checkmark means that that student has completed his/her peer review. In this example, Justin Timberlake has completed his review of Taylor Swift's submission, but Taylor hasn't assessed Justin's paper yet.
E: Sending Peer Review Reminders
Hover your cursor over an assigned student’s name and select the bell icon. That student will receive an email about doing his/her peer reviews. In this example, Taylor Swift will receive a reminder email about completing her peer review for Justin Timberlake.
F: Removing Peer Reviews
Hover your cursor over the assigned person’s name and select the garbage can icon. In this example, Taylor Swift would no longer have to complete a peer review for Justin Timberlake.
G: Assign Peer Reviews to Students with Late Submissions
If you chose to have Canvas automatically assign the peer reviews, only students who submitted their assignments before Canvas automatically assigned peer reviews will receive an assignment. To assign peer reviews to students who submitted their assignment after peer reviews were assigned, select Assign Peer Reviews in the pane on the right.
Select Back to Assignment in the top right corner when you’re finished with peer reviews.
In order for a peer review to be considered complete, the reviewer must leave a comment and evaluate the assignment with the rubric you created for the assignment, if applicable. If the assignment does not have an associated rubric, reviewers just have to leave a comment.
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