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Add due date for completing peer review

Add due date for completing peer review

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Situation

The due date of the assignment reminds students to complete the assignment in time. When peer reviews are enabled students don't have an indication or reminder to complete the peer reviews before a certain date and time. When a teacher wants to access the given reviews, it would be necessary that the reviews have been added by students before the scheduled date and time.

Suggested solution

Add a reviews due box with which a date and time can be entered:

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Also have this due date reflected in the To Do Lists and trigger notifications based on the user notification settings.

The guides How do I know if I have a peer review discussion to complete? and How do I know if I have a peer review assignment to complete? currently contain the text: Note: Currently the Due Date in the To Do List does not accurately display the due date for completing your peer review. If details about your peer review are not already included in the details of your assignment, please contact your instructor.

This would removes the confusion about the date in the To Do list and the notes in these guides could then be removed.

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Note: please also vote for https://community.canvaslms.com/ideas/8148-respecting-sections-when-automatically-assigning-peer-rev... 

37 Comments
bogardde
Explorer II

Very much needed! This has been an ongoing complaint from my teachers who are using the peer review feature. Currently they must create a separate Event on the calendar, or a separate Assignment, in order for a due date to be clearly visible to the students.

caryn
Surveyor

Unfortunately, as it currently stands, students are able to submit the peer reviews basically any time after the reviews are assigned. This can be problematic, and cause the instructor to try to communicate a deadline outside of Canvas.

It's much more logical to provide a set of due dates/availability window for the peer review as well. It allows the instructor to communicate more accurately with the students through the system.

It will also help the students to plan more appropriately (i.e. "Oh, after I get the assigned review, I'd better get on that quickly, because my instructor will be grading within 24 hours").

Finally, it will mitigate the need for student initiated "negotiation" with the instructor. (i.e. "But, I could submit the review, I should get points for submitting the review.")

stelpstra
Adventurer

Hi  @caryn ‌, thanks for supporting the idea.

Currently the scope of this idea is to have just one due date and time specifically for the completing the review.

You mention a set of due dates/availability window, what do you mean by that?

dkpatton
Learner II

This should be a feature. In a discussion forum, a peer reviewer cannot start his or her peer review until their peer has posted. I think there is the capacity to build something like this, since differentiated due dates actually set the peer review due date shown in discussions.

caryn
Surveyor

Hi  @stelpstra ‌,

As the screenshot is currently shown, it is a little unclear for instructors whether Peer Reviews would be accepted late or not. In general, assignments throughout Canvas have the due date, the available from and until fields. Instructors are used to using this to configure both the first and the last day and time that students can submit the assignment (i.e. the availability window). My comment is mostly an appeal to make the peer review dates consistent with the other assignment date configuration.

Let me know if there are any additional questions/comments!

stelpstra
Adventurer

Hi  @caryn ‌, if I understand you correctly, you suggest to have it like this (same as with assignment itself):

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I like the idea, and this also supports my other idea https://community.canvaslms.com/ideas/8148-respecting-sections-when-automatically-assigning-peer-rev...

stelpstra
Adventurer

Thanks  @Renee_Carney ‌ for bringing the idea https://community.canvaslms.com/ideas/1294-have-two-due-dates-for-peer-review-assignments to my attention which already has over 140 votes and is in Product Radar!

jmarsh2
Surveyor

As an instructor who uses peer reviews frequently within my online course, I really like and support this idea. I have changed all my rich text descriptions to say "Peer reviews are due 48 hours after assignment due date," simply because adding and changing the due date within the rich text each semester was becoming too time-consuming. Setting up a peer review due date would be beneficial to my students as well as many of them rely heavily on the calendar and to-do list to inform them of assignments and due dates. 

aowen
Surveyor

Without a due date for submission of the reviews, the peer-review tool is basically useless. I can't imagine why this hasn't been fixed. 

jjorquera
Community Member

Is there a timeline for this? Due date for peer review is a must feature.

jenny_millea
Community Member

The University of Canberra also strongly supports this idea as it's causing significant confusion for staff and students in knowing due dates - ie a high stakes issue. What is the plan, Instructure? This item has been around for over a year on the community, and has over the required number of votes to move it forward. 

rdeutsch
Community Member

Great idea! I'd like to expand on it to recommend allowing multiple sequential due dates for an assignment. Instructors could assign a title to each due date such as "Peer Review Due" or "First Draft Due". I encourage my students to submit drafts before the final due date and the only way I know how to do this in Canvas is by creating multiple assignments. This feature is available in many of the publishers' application software but does not integrate with Canvas due to the multiple due dates. 

marie_hone
Surveyor

Could not agree more.  This would be a great help in coordinating and keeping things organized for students and staff alike.

Marie

samantha_eastma
Community Member

I agree that a due date for the peer review portion of an assignment is needed, as well as the capability or option to score the peer review of a submission rather than the submission itself. I would also like to see the ability to assign individual peer review on group submissions without all members of the group being able to see one another's reviews.

dperpich
Learner II

The UX and feature-set for Peer Review could both use a comprehensive update. At our institution, a whole new LTI tool was developed locally to support a more robust and intuitive peer-review workflow.

lehrendh
Community Member

Canvas, why do you even have group and peer-review functions? I can only guess since this has been an issue since 2015 and posted across multiple threads that Canvas has no plans on doing this. It's really a shame. Do they even have educators working for them? Building learning communities is at the heart of any meaningful education. It seems like Canvas is just interested in "teaching to the test." Also trying to use the group function, and there's no rhyme or reason to it. 

mwolfenstein
Explorer

This appears to be the same feature request as https://community.canvaslms.com/ideas/1294-have-two-due-dates-for-peer-review-assignments?sr=search&...‌. If there isn't duplicate voting between them, there's over 800 votes for this feature which would put it in or near the top 10 feature requests. Should these be merged, and if so how is that done?

Stefanie
Community Team
Community Team

 @mwolfenstein ‌, the platform doesn't allow us to merge ideas, but as you'll see in the idea description for each of these ideas, they are already part of the quarterly prioritization process and their votes are being considered together.

mwolfenstein
Explorer

Thanks stefaniesanders‌, definitely good to know.

caryn
Surveyor

I'm sorry to hear this particular idea will likely not make it into upcoming development cycles. This really does cause significant student confusion. It puts the instructor in a position to come up with very strange workarounds (e.g. an assignment to submit the original work and do the peer review, with a second assignment that indicates when the peer review is actually due). 

It is very challenging to help students work through the process as it currently stands - and there will always be a number of students who "fall through the cracks."