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How do I automatically assign peer reviews for an assignment?

How do I automatically assign peer reviews for an assignment?

When you create a peer review assignment with automatic peer reviews, Canvas will assign peer reviews to students automatically once they have submitted their own assignment.

You can also tell Canvas to automatically assign peer reviews after an assignment due date has passed.

Notes:

  • It may take up to one hour for Canvas to assign peer reviews.
  • If a student has not submitted the assignment or submits the assignment after the due date, the student will not automatically be assigned a peer review and you must manually assign one.
  • On Paper and No Submission assignment types must have manually assigned peer reviews.
  • If a student enrollment is deleted or becomes inactive, students will no longer be assigned to complete a peer review for the deleted or inactive enrollment. However, peer reviews already completed by the deleted/inactive enrollment will still display for students and instructors. If peer reviews have already been assigned, you may need to adjust assigned peer reviews.

Open Assignments

Open Assignments

In Course Navigation, click the Assignments link.

Open Assignment

Open Assignment

Click the name of the assignment.

Open Peer Reviews

Open Peer Reviews

Under Related Items in the sidebar, click the Peer Reviews link.

View Assigned Peer Reviews

View Assigned Peer Reviews

Canvas will automatically assign a peer review to the student. Assigned peer reviews appear underneath the student names. A check mark [1] indicates a peer review has been completed. A warning icon [2] indicates a peer review still needs to be completed.

If the student has not submitted the assignment or submits the assignment after the due date [3], the student will not automatically be assigned a peer review and you must manually assign one.

Notes:

  • It may take up to one hour for Canvas to assign peer reviews.
  • A student's peer review is considered complete after they comment on the submission. If a rubric has been added to the assignment, they must also fill out that rubric.

Manage Peer Review

Manage Peer Review

You can also remind students who still need to complete their assigned peer review(s). Peer review reminders are sent as notifications.

To send a reminder, hover your mouse over the assigned peer review and click the Reminder icon [2]. To cancel a peer review, click the Delete icon [2].

Automatically Assign Reviews

Assign Peer Reviews

In the sidebar, you can also assign multiple peer reviews to students who have submitted their assignment but don't already have reviews assigned to them. Enter the number of reviews per user [1] then click the Assign Peer Reviews button [2].

Assign Group Assignment Intra-Group Peer Reviews

Assign Group Assignment Intra-Group Peer Reviews

In group assignments, you also have the option to allow intra-group peer reviews.

Peer reviews require a student to review an individual submission by another student. However, group assignment submissions are made by one group member on behalf of the entire group, and all group members have the same submission.

By default, the Allow intra-group peer reviews checkbox is not selected, which means Canvas will exclude members of the same group when assigning peer reviews. However, by selecting the checkbox, reviews can be assigned randomly to all members of the course, including members of the same group.

To allow Canvas to automatically assign a peer review to any student in any other group, including students from within the student’s own group, select the Allow intra-group peer review checkbox. Selecting the checkbox allows assignments to be truly random and disregard group associations.

Comments

If I indicate that students will each complete two reviews, how can I be sure that each student does only two reviews and receives only two reviews? Is this automatic?

Hi @tonisadams,

If you set up the automatic peer reviews, students will automatically be assigned the number of peer reviews indicated when they add a submission to the assignment. For more information, check out the guide above. If you have any further questions, feel free to reach out. 

Naomi

I have a question. When the peer review is set up to anonymous, will be the reviewer see the name of the individual whose work he or she will be reviewing? I know some students would rather not know who is reviewing their papers or whose work they are revewing.

Hi @hdrumheller,

According to How do I use peer review assignments in a course?, "As part of creating a peer review, the anonymous option allows you to hide the name of the student reviewer from the student with the submission. The reviewer cannot see the name of the assigned person whose work is to be reviewed, and the student who submitted the assignment cannot view names associated with any comments." If you have any further questions, feel free to reach out.

Naomi

I would like to manually assign students who submit on time and have Canvas automatically assign reviews to those students who submit late (within a certain amount of time).

If I do this, how does Canvas determine how the late students receive reviews? Will they receive reviews from all the students who submitted or only those students who also submitted late?

For instance, let's say I have 6 students needing reviews. I assign Sarah, Ahmed, and Jake to review each other's papers because they submitted by the first deadline. Melanie, Jahmal, and Jasmine submit their papers later. Would Canvas have Melanie, Jahmal, and Jasmine read each other's papers, or would it give Melanie, Jahmal, and Jasmine papers from all six students who submitted?

I want to make sure that each student gives two reviewers and receives two reviews.

@carteran 

It depends on how many reviews you want to assign and that have already been assigned. Canvas doesn't take into account lateness when assigning peer reviews (at least as far as I'm aware) so in your example, let's say you assign Sarah to review Ahmed's paper because they were both on time. But after the other 3 papers are submitted late and you choose to automatically assign peer reviews, Sarah would receive another peer to review from anyone in the pool who doesn't already have 2 people assigned. Does that make sense? Let us know if you have any other questions.

Thanks,

- Nathan

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