Instructor Training

Creating a PeerMark Assignment


PeerMark assignments can only be created if a class has at least one paper assignment. A PeerMark assignment requires a paper or review assignment to be ‘based on.’ This allows the PeerMark assignment to have a pool of papers to use as the basis for the peer review.

The assignment the PeerMark assignment is based on should meet the following criteria:

  • The due date of the base assignment comes before the start date and time of the PeerMark assignment
  • If anonymity in the review is desired, student submissions should not contain the name of the author in the text or at the top of the paper

Step One - PeerMark Settings

To create a PeerMark assignment, click on the "New Assignment" button from within a course. Select "PeerMark Assignment" from the "Select your assignment type" page and then click on the "Next Step" button. Step 1, PeerMark Settings screen will load.

Creating a PeerMark Assignment Step 1

  1. Click on the "Add Assignment" button from within a class
  2. Select PeerMark Assignment and click on the "Next Step" button to begin creating a PeerMark Assignment
  3. Select the paper assignment the peer review is based on
  4. Select a Point value for the assignment. Select whether to award full points if review is written by placing a check mark in the "Award full points if review is written" option
  5. Next, select the dates for the PeerMark Assignment. The dates the instructor must select are: the start date, the due date, and the post date. The start date is the date students can begin reading papers and writing reviews. The due date prevents students from writing reviews after this date. The post date is the date students will have access to reviews written by their classmates
  6. Click the "Save & Continue" button to continue PeerMark assignment creation

Step Two - Distribution

In step 2 the instructor determines how many papers will be distributed to the students in the course.

Selecting the number of papers each student will review:

  1. Click on the "Edit" link to adjust the number of papers each student will have to review. The default is to have each student review 1 paper automatically distributed by PeerMark
  2. Place the number of "paper(s) automatically distributed by PeerMark" or "papers selected by the student to review" within the appropriate fields
  3. Select whether you would like the student to write a self-review by clicking in the "require self-review" check box. A self review uses the same free response and scale questions the student used to write reviews of their classmates’ papers but the review is for their own paper
  4. Click on the "Save" button to save any changes or "Cancel" link to cancel any changes
  5. Click "Save & Continue" to move on to Step 3 of PeerMark assignment creation or to view the advanced distribution options click on the "Show more distribution options" link

The advanced distribution options allow instructors to choose to exclude student papers from distribution or specify which student papers a student(s) will have to review. PeerMark will automatically distribute papers to students but an instructor may choose specific student pairings which will then add an exception to the PeerMark distribution which will adjust its logic according to the instructor’s rules.

Pairing students for review:

  1. To assign a student(s) to review a specific student’s paper, click on the "Pair Students" button
  2. Clicking the "Pair Students" button opens up the pairing field. Click on the "BROWSE for student" link to select a student you would like to be the reviewer. Then click on the "BROWSE for student" to the right of "WILL REVIEW" to select the student whose paper will be reviewed
  3. An instructor can select multiple students to be a reviewer of another student. Once one reviewer has been selected an instructor may click on the plus icon to the left of the first reviewer to open up another search box which the instructor can then use to select another student to be a reviewer
  4. Once the pairing of students is complete, click on the "Save pair" button to save this pairing

Students may also be excluded from review by clicking on the "Exclude Students" button. Students who are excluded from review will not be able to write or receive reviews.

Excluding students from review:

  1. Instructors can exclude students from review by clicking on the "Exclude Students" button
  2. Click on the "BROWSE for student" link to select a student who will be excluded from review papers and will not have a paper distributed for review
  3. Select a student from the drop down list
  4. Once a student is selected, click on "Save exclusion" to exclude the student from the review

Student pairs or exclusions can be edited or deleted up until a student has begun a review which will lock the assignment settings. To edit a Student Pair or exclusion click on the "edit" button to the right of the student pair or exclusion you would like to edit.

To delete a Student pair or exclusion, click on the trash can icon to the right of the pair or exclusion you would like to delete.

Step Three - Adding Questions to the Review

Step three allows an instructor to choose scale and free response questions for the PeerMark assignment.

A free response question example would be:

“What is the thesis of the paper?”

Free response questions allow an instructor to pose these questions for students to answer in their peer review and can include minimum length requirements.

A scale question example would be

“How well does the introduction pull you in as a reader? Scale, Not very well to sReally well

Scale questions allow students to rate the paper on instructor chosen areas of writing.

To add questions to a PeerMark assignment click on the "Add Question button."

Creating a free response question in PeerMark creation:

  1. Click on the Add Question button and select Free response
  2. Enter the question in the Question field and enter a value in the Minimum answer length field
  3. Once the question and minimum answer length have been entered, click on the Add Question button to add the free response question to the PeerMark assignment

Creating a scale question in PeerMark creation:

  1. Click on the "Add Question" button and select "Scale"
  2. Enter the question in the "Question" field
  3. Select the scale size. The highest scale value is 5
  4. Enter in the labels for the scale in the appropriate fields. An example for labelling the scale question: “How well does the introduction set up the Thesis of the paper?” would be 1: Not very well to 5: Extremely well
  5. Click on the "Add Question" button to add the scale question to the PeerMark assignment

Adding a question from a PeerMark library:

  1. Click on the "Add Question" button and select the library you would like to add a question from
  2. Click on the "Add this question" link to the right of each question you would like to add to your PeerMark assignment
  3. Click on the "Add all questions" button to add all the questions to the PeerMark assignment
  4. Click on the "Finished adding questions from library" link when you have added all the questions you want from this library

Once the instructor has added all the questions they want to the PeerMark assignment click on the "Save & Finish" button to complete the PeerMark assignment creation.

Editing or Deleting Questions

Free response and scale questions can be edited by clicking on the "Edit" link to the right of the question.

Free response and scale questions can be deleted by clicking on the trash can icon to the right of the question you wold like to delete.

Clicking on the trash can icon will open a prompt asking “Are you sure you want to delete this question?” Click "OK" to delete the question.

Once the instructor has edited or deleted the questions they want click on the "Save & Finish" button to save any changes.

Reordering Questions

Within step 3 of PeerMark assignment creation an instructor may reorder how the questions appear for a student in their peer review. An instructor may wish to do this if they want their students to see the questions in a specific order. To reorder the questions click on the "Reorder questions" link.

Change the order of the questions by dragging them to where you would like them placed. Click on the "Save order" button to save the new order or click "Cancel" to cancel any changes.

Warning: Once the start date of the PeerMark assignment has passed and a student has begun a peer review, the assignment settings for the PeerMark assignment will become locked and no further edits to the distribution or question options will be allowed.

Advanced PeerMark Settings

When creating a PeerMark assignment the instructor may select to view and change any of the advanced assignment options in Step 1 of PeerMark creation. The advanced assignment options are viewed by clicking on the "Show more options" links located below the point value field and below the assignment dates.

Clicking the "Show more options" link below the point value will reveal four additional options: the assignment title field, the assignment instructions field, the anonymity option, and the non-submitter participation option.

Assignment title and Assignment description and/or instructions

The PeerMark assignment title is the title that will appear for the PeerMark assignment when a student views the expanded view of the PeerMark assignment. The assignment instructions also appear to students in the expanded view of the PeerMark assignment and they are meant to allow instructors to give students basic guidelines for completing their reviews.

Anonymity and Non-submitter Participation Options

The author and reviewer anonymity option appears as, “Allow students to view author and reviewer names”. When this option is selected, students will see the name of the author of the papers that are being reviewed and the names of the students who wrote the reviews for the papers. The non-submitter participation option appears as, “Allow students without a paper to review”. When this option is selected, students who have not submitted papers to the paper assignment the PeerMark assignment is based on will be allowed to write reviews for other students’ papers.

Click on the "Show more options" link below the assignment dates to view three additional options related to the assignment dates.

View Access Options

There are two options when creating a PeerMark assignment that provide the ability for students to read every student paper after the PeerMark start date, or the ability for students to read every student paper and reviews of the papers after the post date of the PeerMark assignment. The two options are: “Allow submitters to read all papers after Start date” and “Allow students to read ALL papers and ALL reviews after the Post date.”

If “Allow submitters to read all papers after Start date” is selected students are able to read all the papers submitted to the base paper assignment by clicking on a link within PeerMark inbox labeled "Read All Papers."

If “Allow students to read ALL papers and ALL reviews after the Post date” is selected, students will be able to read every paper submitted to the base paper assignment and read every review written for each paper after the PeerMark assignment post date.

Note: Unless the option: “Allow students to view author and reviewer names” is selected students will not see the names of the paper or review authors.

Late Papers

When creating a paper assignment it is possible to set the assignment to accept late papers. If the instructor has chosen to allow late papers in the paper assignment a PeerMark assignment is based on the “Late Papers” date option will appear. The “Late Papers” option allows the instructor to select the last date papers can be submitted to the base paper assignment and still be included in the pool of papers to be reviewed in the PeerMark assignment.

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