How do I automatically assign peer reviews for an assignment?

When you create a peer review assignment with automatic peer reviews, Canvas will assign peer reviews to students automatically once they have submitted their own assignment.

You can also tell Canvas to automatically assign peer reviews after an assignment due date has passed.

Notes:

  • It may take up to one hour for Canvas to assign peer reviews.
  • If a student has not submitted the assignment or submits the assignment after the due date, the student will not automatically be assigned a peer review and you must manually assign one.

Open Assignments

Open Assignments

In Course Navigation, click the Assignments link.

Open Assignment

Open Assignment

Click the title of the assignment.

Open Peer Reviews

Open Peer Reviews

Under Related Items in the sidebar, click the Peer Reviews link.

View Assigned Peer Reviews

View Assigned Peer Reviews

Canvas will automatically assign a peer review to the student. Assigned peer reviews appear underneath the student names. A check mark [1] indicates a peer review has been completed. A caution triangle [2] indicates a peer review still needs to be completed.

Notes:

  • It may take up to one hour for Canvas to assign peer reviews.
  • If the student has not submitted the assignment or submits the assignment after the due date [3], the student will not automatically be assigned a peer review and you must manually assign one.

Manage Peer Review

Manage Peer Review

You can also remind students who still need to complete their assigned peer review(s). To send a reminder, hover your mouse over the assigned peer review and click the Reminder icon [1]. To cancel a peer review, click the Delete icon [2].

Automatically Assign Reviews

Assign Peer Reviews

In the sidebar, you can also assign multiple peer reviews to students who have submitted their assignment but don't already have reviews assigned to them. Enter the number of reviews per user [1] then click the Assign Peer Reviews button [2].

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.