Instructor Training

PeerMark Overview

PeerMark™ is the new peer review assignment tool. Instructors can create and manage PeerMark assignments that allow students to read, review, and evaluate one or many papers submitted by their classmates. With the advanced options in PeerMark instructors can choose whether the reviews are anonymous or attributed, decide if students should be excluded from reviews, or pair students to assign students specific papers to review.

The basic stages of the PeerMark assignment process:

  • Instructor creates a Turnitin paper assignment
  • Instructor creates a PeerMark assignment and sets the number of papers students will be required to review, and creates free response and scale questions for students to respond to while reviewing papers
  • Student papers are submitted to the Turnitin assignment
  • On the PeerMark assignment start date, students begin writing peer reviews
  • For each assigned paper students write reviews by responding to the free response and scale questions
  • Once the PeerMark assignment due date passes no more reviews can be written, completed, or edited by the writer
  • On the PeerMark assignment post date, reviews of the students’ papers become available for the papers’ authors to view

Distribution of Peer Reviews

PeerMark assignments may use or mix the following methods of distribution of the papers to be reviewed:

  1. Automatically by the Turnitin system
  2. Manually selected by the instructor for the student to review
  3. Self-selected by the student
  4. For example: The instructor may assign students to review four total papers with the following paper selection combination: two papers automatically selected by Turnitin, one paper selected by the student to review and a self review.