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What is a peer review discussion?

A peer review discussion enables students to provide feedback on another student's reply to a class discussion. Peer reviews are a tool that allows communication between students and can help students master the concepts of a course and learn from each other.

Peer reviews can only be added as part of a graded discussion. Unlike peer review assignments, discussions cannot be assigned anonymously.

Assigning Peer Review Notifications

When creating a graded discussion, instructors can assign peer reviews for students [1]. Peer reviews can be assigned automatically or manually.

When a peer review has been assigned, students can view a notification in their Dashboard To Do sidebar or Activity Stream [2]. Students will also receive an email notification.

Learn how to create peer review discussions as an instructor and identify peer review discussions as a student.

Completing Peer Reviews

To complete a peer review, students must review the discussion and leave a comment on the submission details page [1].

Instructors can also assign a rubric to the discussion. If the discussion includes a rubric [2], students must also complete the rubric to complete the peer review. The rubric score is used for an assessment opinion only; the instructor will later review the discussion and assign the final grade.

Learn how to submit a peer review discussion as a student.

Grading Peer Reviews

Students do not receive a grade for completing a peer review. If an instructor wants to assign extra points for peer reviews, they can create a No Submission assignment in the Gradebook and assign points manually. The Peer Review page for the discussion will show the names of students who have completed the peer review.