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Peer Review | Student Perspective

How does Peer Review work as a student?

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Quick Student Explainer Video

This article will guide you through our Peer Review tool and its possibilities from the perspective of a student.

Throughout this article, the fictional student that has been created is named Kristen Swon. 

Step 1: Instructions

In step 1 you can read the instructions that have been set by your teacher. If it is a group assignment, you will see the people that are in your group. 

Step 2: Submissions

When you scroll down to step 2, you will find the box where you need to hand in your file(s). You can either click select file to upload a file from your computer or drag a file into the box. You also have the possibility to paste a website link, for example, if you want to upload a YouTube video. Read here which video platforms are supported. Note that the link has to be publicly available. 

When you have handed in your work, the following screen will appear. Depending on the settings of the assignment, you can add more files. By clicking on your file, you can view your submission in a separate window. If you have uploaded the wrong file, you can delete your submission by clicking on the trash icon and you can upload a new file afterwards.

Step 3: Give feedback to your(self and) peers

Before you can start reviewing, another student or group has to submit their work for work to be assigned to you. If the teacher has set a hand-in deadline, you will get work assigned to you after the deadline.

When your teacher has enabled self-assessment, you will see this in this same step and you will first have to finish this self-assessment before being able to start reviewing.

If you are not assigned to review anything yet, you will see this screen below. 

After your peers submitted their work, you can start reviewing

By clicking on the title of the assignment or start reviewing, the following screen will appear. You can see the document of your peers. On the right-hand side in the taskbar, you can see the criteria (which the teacher composed) on which you need to review the file. By clicking on the arrow '>', you can hide or open the taskbar. In the example below, it is required to give three scale ratings to finish the review. It is also possible to write a comment under the criteria. To write a comment you can click write here.

It is also possible to write a comment by clicking on the plus icon. You can also link your comment to a certain part of the text by making a selection. You can either annotate a certain area of the document as seen below, or annotate a sentence or word in the document. As seen in the example below, you can also reuse feedback you have given previously. When your peer has uploaded a video or audio file, you can select a part of the timeline to link your comment to. When writing a comment, you can indicate if it is a compliment or suggestion if desired, additionally, you can choose to add an attachment to the comment. To save the comment, press post

Below you can see that the student has given a 4 out of 4 rating and chose to write a compliment. 

You can annotate more than once under the same criterion. If needed, you can place several comments belonging to several pieces of text under the same criterion. 

When you have completed reviewing the text, you will see the following screen. The criteria have collapsed, if you want to open them again just press on the criterion. When you are finished, press done.

You are able to edit your comments and ratings until the deadline.

When giving feedback on videos the student can click on purple plus icon on the timeline. The comment will be attached to the selected timestamp.

Students will be able to attach their comment to the timestamp, writing their feedback comment in the sidebar.

Step 4: Read received feedback

When your peers have finished reviewing you, you are able to read and reflect on the received feedback. You can review your feedback by clicking on the document or on the blue comments on the right.

After opening the document, you can see the comments your peers made. The grey area in the text is an annotation that your peer made. If you click on it, you will be redirected to the comment that belongs to it. In the taskbar, you will find the remarks of your peers. You can respectively comment on them or upvote them (for example if you found this comment useful) by clicking on the two buttons under the comment. 

You can also download the feedback as seen in the top right of the image below.

Click the top left arrow to go back to the overview.

When you are done reading all the received feedback, your progress will be shown as 'complete' (see image below which shows a progress of 60%).

(Note: if your teacher enabled the beta feature of having to rate your reviewer, you can find this at the top right of the comment overview as a scale from 1 to 10).

Step 5: Reflect on the assignment (if made available)

If your teacher has added the step to reflect on the assignment, it will be shown at step 5. Students can start with this step when step 3 ‘Give feedback to your peers’ is completed. When this is not yet the case, the step will be presented as shown in the image below.

Below is an example of a student that completed their reflection on their assignment with at the top of the step 5 section, the instructions from the teacher. When the deadline has passed (if there is a deadline), the reflection cannot be edited anymore.


Finally, at the bottom of the assignment, the points of the grading are shown (see image below).

When the teacher hasn't enabled grading (yet), then the assignment won't be graded unless your teacher enables it. This grading section will then be shown as in the image below:

This concludes the Peer Review Student Perspective tutorial.
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