How do I automatically assign peer reviews for an Assignment?

If you automatically assign 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.

Note: When using peer reviews with Groups, it is best practice to manually assign peer review assignments to students. Additionally, if the 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

Click the title of the assignment.

Edit Assignment

Edit Assignment

Click the Edit button.

Automatically Assign Peer Reviews

Automatically Assign Peer Reviews
  1. Click the Require Peer Reviews checkbox.
  2. Click the Automatically Assign Peer Reviews radio button.
  3. Decide how many Reviews Per User are needed.
  4. In the Assign Reviews field, use the calendar icon to select a date or manually enter a date for when peer reviews will be assigned to students. The assign reviews date must come after the assignment due date. If left blank, Canvas will use the assignment due date.

Save Assignment

Save Assignment

Click the Save button.

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.

Note: 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. To cancel a peer review, click the Trash icon [2].

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].