How do I create a peer review assignment?

When creating an assignment, you can require students to complete a peer review of another student's work. Learn more about peer review assignments.

For peer reviews, you can manually assign peer reviews or choose to have Canvas automatically assign peer reviews for you. You can also choose to show the names of students in peer reviews or make them anonymous.

To complete the peer review, students are required to leave at least one comment. If you include a rubric, they are also required to complete the rubric.

Notes:

  • To learn how assignment and peer review due dates appear in a student's To Do list, view the Peer Review Tips PDF.
  • Peer reviews cannot be used with External Tool assignments.

Open Assignments

Open Assignments

In Course Navigation, click the Assignments link.

Add Assignment

Add Assignment

Click the Add Assignment button.

Enter Assignment Details

Enter Assignment Details

Enter a name [1] and description [2] for your assignment, as well as any other assignment details [3].

Select Submission Type

Select Submission Type

In the Submission Type drop-down menu [1], select the Online submission type [2].

Note: Only the Online submission type is supported for peer review assignments.

Select Online Entry Options

Select Online Entry Options

Select the checkboxes for the types of online entries allowed in the assignment.

Add Group Assignment

Add Group Assignment

Peer reviews can be used with group assignments. If you want to create a group assignment, click the This is a Group Assignment checkbox.

Require Peer Reviews

Require Peer Reviews

Click the Require Peer Reviews checkbox [1]. By default, peer reviews are assigned manually [2].

If you want to assign peer reviews automatically, select the Automatically Assign radio button [3].

Automatically Assign Peer Reviews

Automatically Assign Peer Reviews

If you automatically assign peer reviews, the menu displays additional options. In the Reviews Per User field [1], enter the number of reviews each student will be required to complete.

In the Assign Reviews field [2], use the calendar icon to select a due date or manually enter the due date for student peer review assignments. The Assign date must come on or after the assignment due date. If left blank, Canvas will use the assignment due date.

Assign Group Assignment Intra-Group Peer Reviews

Assign Group Assignment Intra-Group Peer Reviews

In group assignments, you also have the option to allow intra-group peer reviews.

Peer reviews require a student to review an individual submission by another student. However, group assignment submissions are made by one group member on behalf of the entire group, and all group members have the same submission.

By default, the Allow intra-group peer reviews checkbox is not selected, which means Canvas will filter out members of the same group when automatically assigning the reviews. However, selecting the checkbox allows assignments to be truly random and disregard student group associations.

To allow Canvas to automatically assign a peer review to a student from within the student's own group, select the Allow intra-group peer review checkbox.

Assign Anonymous Peer Reviews

Assign Anonymous Peer Reviews

If you want to make the peer review anonymous, check the Peer Reviews Appear Anonymously checkbox.

Save and Publish Assignment

Save and Publish Assignment

If you are ready to publish your assignment, click the Save & Publish button [1]. If you want to create a draft of your assignment and publish it later, click the Save button [2].

Publish Assignment from Individual Assignment

When your assignment is saved in a draft state, you can return to the page and publish it at any time by clicking the Publish button.

View Published Assignment

View Published Assignment

View published assignment.

You can also attach a rubric to the assignment for students to fill out when completing peer reviews. To add a rubric to the assignment, click the Add Rubric button.