How do I create a peer review Assignment?

Canvas recently introduced a new page design called the New Canvas User Interface (UI). Depending on your Canvas view, your page design may vary from the images shown in this lesson. However, the functionality and location of the components remain the same.

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

Learn more about peer review assignments.

Open Assignments

Open Assignments

In Course Navigation, click the Assignments link.

Create a New Assignment

Create a New Assignment

Click the Add Assignment button to create a new assignment.

Select Submission Type

Select Submission Type

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

Note: Only online submission types are supported for peer review assignments.

Require Peer Reviews

Require Peer Reviews

Click the Require Peer Reviews checkbox.

Assign Peer Reviews

Assign Peer Reviews

Determine if you are going to manually assign peer reviews [1] or automatically assign peer reviews [2]. Select the radio button next to the option you prefer.

Automatically Assign Peer Reviews

Automatically Assign Peer Reviews

If you automatically assign peer reviews, the menu will expand. 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 reviews.

Note: If automatically assigning peer reviews, the assign reviews date must come after the assignment due date. If left blank, Canvas will use the assignment due date.

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].

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. Click the Add Rubric button to add a rubric to the assignment.