Canvas Guides (en)Canvas Instructor Guide DiscussionsHow do I create a peer review discussion?

How do I create a peer review discussion?

When creating a discussion, you can require students to comment and provide feedback of another student's work

Peer reviews can only be created with graded discussions and do not have an anonymous option.

For peer reviews, you can choose to manually assign peer reviews or automatically assign peer reviews. 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.

Note: To learn how graded discussion and peer review due dates appear in a student's To Do list, view the Peer Review Tips PDF.

Open Discussions

Open Discussions

In Course Navigation, click the Discussions link.

Add Discussion

Add Discussion

To create a new discussion, click the Add Discussion button.

Select Graded Option

Select Graded Option

Create a graded discussion by selecting the Graded checkbox.

Require Peer Reviews

Require Peer Reviews

Select 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 date or manually enter a date for when peer reviews will be assigned to students.

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

Save and Publish

Save and Publish

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

Publish Discussion

When your discussion 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 Discussion

View the published discussion.

You can also attach a rubric to the discussion for students to fill out when completing peer reviews. To add a rubric to the graded discussion, click the Settings icon [1] then click the Add Rubric link [2].