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How To Set Up a Peer Review Assignment


Peer review assignments provide students with the opportunity to give feedback on each others’ work. With a Canvas peer review assignment, student names may be displayed to each other or you may opt to make the peer review process anonymous. You can also opt to provide students with a rubric they can use to grade and provide feedback on each others’ work.


  1. You start the process of creating a peer review assignment by creating an assignment in your Canvas course. You can create an assignment either in the Modules area or Assignments area of your Canvas site.
  2. When editing your assignment, check the box next to “Require Peer Reviews” 
    Require Peer Reviews
  1. You will be presented with the option to Manually Assign Peer Reviews or Automatically Assign Peer Reviews
  • Manually Assign Peer Reviews - requires you to manually assign students to review other students’ work
  • Automatically Assign Peer Reviews - Canvas will randomly assign students to review as many peers as you specify
  • NOTE: If the option to Automatically Assign Peer Reviews is selected, these assignments will be generated once the submission/assignment due date has passed. If you would like peer review to occur later, you can specify this date in the “Assign Reviews” field
    “Assign Reviews” field
  1. If you select the “Peer Reviews Appear Anonymously” option, students will be able to see the feedback their reviewers left them, but will not be able to see the names of the peers who provided reviews on their work.
     “Peer Reviews Appear Anonymously” option
  1. Once you “Save” your changes to the assignment, you will see the option “Peer Reviews” on the far right side of the page.
    peer reviews option
  2. From this page, you can assign students peers to review, monitor the status of peer reviews, remind students of the peer reviews they still need to complete (by clicking the bell icon that appears on hover), and view students’ reviews (by clicking on the names of students they were assigned to review)
    student reviews

Special Considerations

Currently, a peer review assignment does not carry separate points or due dates for the peer review portion of the assignment. The points for the assignment encompasses both the assignment submission and the peer review process. If you would like separate points for the assignment submission, you may choose to create a separate assignment that students submit their work to in addition to submitting it to the peer review assignment. Another benefit of creating a separate assignment is that you could then attach a separate rubric to this assignment in the instance when a different rubric is used for Instructor and TA grading than is used by students for peer review.

 If a rubric is attached to a peer review assignment, students must complete the rubric in order for their review to be considered complete.