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Assigning Grades for Peer Reviews

Assigning Grades for Peer Reviews

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Part of participating in online coursework involves working with other students to improve drafts and engage in the learning community. When students are assigned peer reviews, let's be honest, they aren't motivated to complete it unless there is a grade attached. I would love the ability to grade peer reviews.

 

This could be as simple as complete/incomplete, or more complex where the completion of peer reviews was part of a grading rubric for the assignment. But it would be nice if there was something in the grade book, some academic weight given to participating in these reviews, that doesn't involve manually looking up peer reviews outside of the grade book.

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scain
Community Contributor

I'm a bit puzzled,  @Hildi_Pardo ‌. The teacher absolutely can leave their own feedback/comments on the paper through SpeedGrader. Are you referring to leaving comments back to the people who left reviews?

Hildi_Pardo
Community Advocate
Community Advocate

Hi  @scain ‌

 So sorry for the delay in responding.  I was able to visit with the teacher to actually see the issue, and she's been able to take some screenshots.     Perhaps we are doing something wrong?    But when the Assignment is set for Peer Review, she does not have access to editing tools for the original student's document.    I apologize this was not clear in my first comment.

Here are some screen shots from the teacher's course.

File Upload Assignment WITH peer review turned On - she loses access to markup tools:

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File Upload Assignment (NOT a peer review assignment) - she has access to markup tools:

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scain
Community Contributor

Ah! Are the peer reviews set to be anonymized? I believe that's the cause of the confusion. To anonymize peer reviews the system disables inline comments. It's irritating that it can't just anonymize the inline comments too, but I expect that's a future DocViewer improvement.

Hildi_Pardo
Community Advocate
Community Advocate

Should I submit this as a separate idea?  (Or does anyone know if this Idea is already out there to vote on, and add to?)

Thanks

RobDitto
Community Champion

 @Hildi_Pardo ‌ and  @scain , there is indeed an existing idea open for voting:

And there's a related idea for students:

kurt_sys
Community Member

Totally necessary: being able to grade the peer reviews, e.g. by adding a rubric to grade peer review submissions.

mathern
Community Member

Yes - please implement this idea! We have to use another LMS until this is implemented, as grading peer reviews is crucial to our course, and the only option Canvas offers is inconvenient.

i_w16
Community Member

I am glad you're working on this Allison and appreciate the update. I'd like to make a suggestion instead of the large-scale overhaul of the assignment function that you are proposing. (Not that I am opposed to the overhaul, but that I think there might be a simpler fix that could be implemented sooner.) My hope for this "Idea post" is actually much simpler than what you are talking about above: I would just like to make it easier to factor peer review into a student's grade (in the sense of a more streamlined workflow, fewer clicks, etc.). I would propose two very simple possibilities for implementing this (initially, and short of a wholesale overhaul):
1) Make it possible to simply create "assignment 2" like what you described above (linked to the target assignment and used to give credit for completing a peer review on the target assignment) and automatically give students credit for that assignment when they complete a review (subject to manual changes on the gradebook if I decide the review is not sufficient).

2) When using SpeedGrader for "assignment 1," make it possible to see whether the student has submitted a peer review yet. That way, I could just put a criterion in the rubric for assignment 1 that says "completed peer review," and I could easily determine this (and factor it into a student's grade) while grading assignment 1. (This is a separate suggestion from the first, but I see no reason why they could not be implemented together.) 

Hope this helps, and thanks for your work on this.

Steven_S
Community Champion

I believe you might be right that a simplified approach would be a faster first step rather than waiting for everything everyone wants to be possible.  I would like to suggest an approach to your assignment 2 creation: adding a submission type: internal tool.  There is already an external tool submission type, and an internal tool submission could work much the same way, except that when copied between courses "internal tool" should specifically look for the matching "assignment 1" to be in the same course. (This could also help those who want discussion replies to be a separate item in the gradebook, or in any case of step-by-step assignments that instructors want to link together.)

 

When creating "assignment 2" instructors would select the internal tool submission type, and then select the internal activity (ex. assignments or discussions) and then select the specific "assignment 1" activity (ex. rough draft or discussion 2).  Instructors could add instructions in this assignment that explain the next step (complete the peer review or reply to your classmates).  The student view should show the "assignment 2" instructions with an in-set view of the "assignment 1" activity selected by the instructor, so that they do not need to search for it.

 

I'm OK with all grading options staying as they already are in assignments, because I believe you are correct that getting this done will be faster if it is simplified.  Long-term, however, I would like to see the speedgrader include a way to compare submissions to assignment 1 and 3, see the complete/incomplete/not assigned status of assignment 2 peer reviews (or actual replies from discussions in-context), as well as a way to view the feedback and rubrics from all 3 assignments.  Eventually, I would also like to be able to select complete/incomplete for an assignment 2 and have the status of the associated peer review automatically transfer to the gradebook using the dates I program in assignment 2 to determine availability and respond to the late policy. 

fortunatom
Community Member

I don't agree that students need a grade attached to everything. The type of thinking is counterproductive if we are truly trying to instill a cooperative learning environment. And many of the assignments build on each other. In order to do well on one assignment, the students often need to respond to other students. I also think grading this type of submission could be a problem--extremely subjective. Further, the students in these classes are not lacking in assignments--MANY assignments! Making this something that is graded, instead of something the frees more naturally, will defeat the purpose of what we are hoping to achieve which I believe (again) is a cooperative learning environment.  

Steven_S
Community Champion

While your own students may not benefit from graded peer reviews, every class is not identical.  A few extra credit points for a complete review (measured automatically by the computer as a complete rubric plus one comment) goes a long way towards getting students to participate in that cooperative learning environment.  Without such an incentive far fewer students participate, which significantly weakens the cooperative learning environment.  This idea offers a way to make that grade incentive (which many of us are already working hard to provide) easier to accomplish.  It does not require everyone to grade peer reviews that they do not already grade in some way.

browning339l
Community Contributor

I would even like to see the addition of a "quality" of peer review grade option.  That is allow the anonymous reviewee to grade the anonymous reviewer on the quality of the peer review.  I see a very wide range of really good peer reviews that help the student with their writing to essentially just "giving" a grade which is no help at all.

Steven_S
Community Champion

A closely related idea, would allow instructors to easily add points to the original assignment grade using evidence of a completed peer review: https://community.canvaslms.com/ideas/15895-display-peer-review-status-in-speedgrader 

Steven_S
Community Champion
bunnella
Community Member

I agree with many of the other instructors. Students are not motivated to complete a task unless they get credit - peer reviews need to be added to the grade book! This will also allow me to send reminders easily. I realize that it can be done on the peer review page BUT I have 200+ students in one section (and I typically teach 2 sections a semester). It is onerous to manually remind students who haven't done their peer reviews and to manually post to the gradebook that they have completed them. I had to screenshot about 17 times to record who had completed the peer review and THEN manually post in the gradebook. This is time consuming and we are all short on time.

Also, I support the idea of having a peer review due date. And it would be great to have 2 due dates for one assignment. One for the draft and one for the final version after peer review and editing.

This is the first time I have used peer review and I may have to drop it.

Thanks for considering these changes.

 

cmarti11
Community Member

I absolutely agree. It's so tedious to manually add Peer Reviews to the Grades. As a result, I'm not planning to use this tool in my classes this quarter. It's frustrating that Canvas doesn't fix this problem.

ewh10
Community Participant

It's been 5 years since this was first suggested.  Is it even on the roadmap at this point?

ctr_amachsonca
Community Member

this is a key feature that Canvas should have. How do I vote for it? 

RobDitto
Community Champion

@ctr_amachsonca, if you're logged into the Canvas Community, then you can click on the stars shown above the idea description (under the "Status" line) to give a rating.  Star rating is the new voting in this version of the relaunched Community's Idea Exchange.

jessica_wells17
Community Member

Apologies if this work around had been discussed already - 

 

Using 2 assignments might be a great option for being able to grade peer reviews. Being able to give quality feedback is essential in a professional setting. Students need to be taught how to do this. In the original assignment, go ahead and set up the peer review. This creates the ability for students to be automatically assigned peer reviews, and the ability to return their review to the student author. Next, set up a second assignment. Provide a rubric for completing the peer review, instructions for accessing the peer portion of the original assignment, and instructions for returning the peer review to the original author. Then, instruct students to upload their peer review to both locations. Now, the original student can access the feedback from the orfinial assignment, but the instructor also has the ability to grade the peer review submission and provide extensive feedback. 

TLDR:
1.) Create original assignment with peer review.

2.) Create second assignment to submit peer reviews.

3.) Give rubric for conducting a peer review, and instructions for accessing/returning peer review in original assignment, AND instruct students to upload to the peer review assignment.

4.) Grade peer review