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Skill Review | Setting up

A step-by-step guide on how to set up a Skill Review assignment

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This article takes you through the process of setting up a Skill Review assignment.

Skill Review is a tool designed to streamline the process of reviewing students' skill-based assessments in real-world activities like presentations, oral exams, and interviews. The tool offers a step-by-step solution to setting up assignments that focus on evaluating specific skills.

All our tools are set up in steps. In Step 1 you will set overall instructions. In Step 2, you set the options for handing in work. In Step 3 you adjust the settings to do with providing feedback to your students. In Step 4 you have the option to change the settings for the feedback the students received. Furthermore, you are able to add two additional learning steps; automatic feedback and reflection writing.

Step 1: Instructions

First, write your assignment title. Then you can either create a brand-new assignment, or click [use copy of existing] in the top right, to select a previous Skill Review assignment by you or one of your colleagues.

In this tutorial, we will create an assignment from scratch.


Fill in your overall instructions for the assignment. Note that you will not be able to publish/save the assignment if you leave this field blank.

Student collaboration

Click on [change] to choose between an individual assignment, group assignment, or individually shown in groups. You can find more information about assigning students to groups or taking over groups from your LMS in this guide.

If you click on change, you will be able to choose from the following collaboration options:

  • Individually.
    Use this option if you want students to work individually and should be reviewed individually as well. All feedback provided to the student will be based on their individual skills and will only be visible to them.

  • As a group
    Use this option if you want students to work as a group and should also be reviewed as a group. In this case, the students will be provided with feedback based on their skills as a group, with this feedback being visible for all group members.

  • Individually, show as groups
    Use this option if you want students to work individually and be reviewed individually, but show within their group. This option allows for students to be displayed to the teacher in groups selected from the LMS. This collaboration option makes it easier for multiple teachers to work together in one assignment, and filter the students they have to review by groups. The two individual collaboration options appear identical to the student.

For more information on configuring groups when using FeedbackFruits within Blackboard, Brightspace or Canvas, click here. If it's not possible to sync the groups within your LMS or if you are using the platform, you can find more information about how to create groups here.

Step 2: Give feedback on groups/students

In step 2 you can add your feedback criteria. When you press configure, you can create the criteria you want to use to give feedback to the students. 

You can choose between a rubric, scale rating or comment criteria. You can either manually set up a new one, or you can copy one from your previous assignments.

For more information on setting up a rubric or scale rating criteria click here.
For more information on copying criteria, click here.

Step 3: Received Reviews

Finally, in step 3 each student will be able to read their own feedback.

As shown in the image below, it is possible to have a deadline for this section if you want to hold the feedback until release. This means that, instead of feedback being visible immediately, all the feedback will be released at a certain moment.


By default, you will see the grading module in the assignment. However, if you wish to remove this, you are able to by pressing the [x] button in the top right corner. In this module, you are able to assign a number of points to each step the student completed.

After removal of the grading module, you are always able to find this again in the learning step module discussed in the next section.

Step 4: Reflect on activity

Writing a reflection is a valuable step to end an assignment with. The student can for instance write a reflection on how the whole process of giving feedback went. This step can be added through clicking on the purple-circle-plus-button (at the end of the final step). The option of ‘Reflect on activity’ will be then visible (see images below).

In the image below, you can see that it can have a deadline, as well as a required length of words. There is also a description field in which you can specify what you want students to reflect on regarding the assignment. Students can start with this step when the teacher completed step 2 ‘Feedback by teacher’. Students can then begin writing their reflection on the assignment (even before having read the feedback yet).

This concludes the Setting up Skill Review tutorial.
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