Canvas has this great peer review function, but makes it impossible to teach students how to use it by giving instructors access through the Student View. Even if I upload a paper as the Test Student, so I cannot demo the process for my students or walk them through the ins-and-outs of the course-specific peer review rubric that I need them to complete. Showing them general screenshots in the Student Canvas Guide is all well and good, but it's no substitute for being able to do a live demo for my students while they are also logged in and exploring the function. This has been a problem on Canvas for YEARS, and I'm honestly kind of baffled that it hasn't been resolved. It makes using Peer Review a massively uphill battle because I can't see what they're seeing.
This might be less of an issue if the Peer Review function itself were a little more intuitive. Why do they have to click to see the rubric? Why do they get locked out of the peer review as soon as they submit a comment? What if they wanted to submit multiple comments? What if they wanted to post a comment BEFORE they completed the rubric? If I could demo the interface using the Student View, I could at least WARN them about those quirks, but the combination of quirks plus inability for the instructor to both see and demo what students see is a real weakness that undermines the usefulness of the tool.
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