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How do I use PeerMark / Peer Review?


It is not required to have a separate Turnitin assignment for the PeerMark assignment to be based on.

How to create an assignment for Peer Review with PeerMark

  • Within your course click on Content in the Navbar. 
  • Select the (sub)unit you want to place the PeerMark assignment in and click on the Add existing-button in the right top corner. 
  • Select PeerMark and the screen below will pop-up.
  1. Fill in the assignment title, max grade, instructions, dates accordingly as if it's a normal Turnitin Assignment.  
    Please keep in mind the following:
    • The Start Date refers to the date when the to-be-peer reviewed paper can be submitted.
    • The Due Date refers to the date when the to-be-peer reviewed paper must be submitted.
    • The Feedback Release Date refers to the date when feedback and/or grading by the teacher will be released to the students (and not the peer reviews done by fellow students).
  2. Click on Submit. 

Do you want to allow students to submit submissions after the due date? Set this up well in advance. Submitting after the due date is possible, as long as you have checked 'Allow Late Submissions' under Optional Settings. Also, the distribution date must be after the Due date. It is strongly discouraged to change it afterwards. If the distribution date has already passed, submissions will no longer be distributed. Also if you change the due date so it is after the distribution date, submissions will no longer be distributed.

Assignment instructions have a limit of 1000 characters. If you need to add more instructions, we advise you to add an extra HTML document in the course.

  • The PeerMark assignment should now appear in the desired (sub)unit. Select the PeerMark assignment and click on Settings in the upper right corner of the assignment to enable PeerMark in order for students to review each other.  
  1. Check the box Enable PeerMark
  2. Click on the Optional Settings cog to change submission, comparison and similarity report settings. 
  3. Make sure the Save these settings for future (under Optional settings) checkbox is UNCHECKED. 
  4. When everything is set up correctly press Submit.

Remember that in the Settings-tab you always refer to the settings for the original assignment. You have now created a Turnitin-assignment and enabled the ability to use PeerMark. How to set up the Peer Review assignment is discussed in the following part of the manual.

PeerMark setup

After the assignment is created you must setup the Peer Review options needed for the review.

There are three tabs available: 

  • PeerMark Assignment 
  • PeerMark Questions 
  • Distribution

When changing to another tab, remember to click Save & Continue. 

PeerMark Assignment
Here you can edit the title, set instructions for the students, set the maximum points available and edit the specific dates for this Peer Review assignment.

Always make sure that the start date for the peer review is set after the due date for the paper. This way every student that made a submission will be included in the peer review distribution. 

When using the automatic distribution option, it cannot be guaranteed that every student will receive a paper to peer review. Manually pair students if every students needs to perform a peer review!

Click Additional Settings-cog. Here changes can be made to the number of papers the students have to review, whether they can see who reviewed them, as well as other settings.

PeerMark Questions
Contains the questions the students are required to answer. These can be selected from the library or created and added manually.

Allows you to assign papers to specific students, un-assign them and exclude certain students from the Peer Review.

Good to know:

  • The PeerMark Distribution works for individual students or groups. The distribution must be amongst either individuals or for groups. 
  • A Similarity Score must be generated to distribute the assignment(s) for review(s). A Similarity Score is usually generated within 15 minutes unless the wrong setting is selected. DO NOT USE the option under Generate Similarity Reports for student submission: Generate on Due Date. Learn more about the recommended Similarity Score settings here
  • Forced Distribution only works if each participant has submitted an assignment on time. If two students are late, forced Distribution will not work as expected. We advise the use of Forced Distribution if all individuals or groups submit the assignment on time. Forced Distribution can also be set up after everyone has submitted something. 

Make sure you are satisfied with your PeerMark assignment's settings before allowing your students to start submitting. Some of these settings cannot be changed after your students have submitted their work.

Making the PeerMark assignment available to your students

When your PeerMark assignment is complete please remember to edit the Content unit so that it opens in a new tab (instead of being embedded within Brightspace). Also, set it to visible so your students are able to access the PeerMark assignment.

Giving feedback via PeerMark

It is possible to give feedback on students' work via the PeerMark-functionality.

  • When you create the PeerMark-assignment, Brightspace automatically creates a Grade Item for the original assignment.
  • Grades for the original submission are automatically transferred to Brightspace's Gradebook.

Do not forget to alter the weight of the Grade Item in the Gradebook to your specified weight: by default, it is set on 10%.

  • It is also possible to give feedback on the Peer Review submissions made by a student.

Be aware: Review assignments are not automatically transferred to the Gradebook. It is necessary to manually create a Grade Item for the Review-assignment. In order to make the grades available for students, the grades need to be manually entered in Brightspace's Gradebook.

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