PeerMark assignments can only be created once a class has at least one standard paper assignment. A PeerMark assignment requires an assignment to be ‘based on’, which 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:
1. Once editing is turned on, select the Turnitin type of assignment from the Add an activity... pull-down menu
2. On the assignment creation page, enter the following:
3. Select the Available from (start) date and due dates for the assignment. Specific times are also selected. Students are only able to submit once the start date and time has passed. After the due date and time, students will be blocked unless late submissions are enabled
4. Click on the Save and display button
5. Select PeerMark Assignment and click on the Next Step button to begin creating a PeerMark Assignment
6. Select the paper assignment the peer review is based on
7. 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
8. 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
9. Click the Save & Continue button to continue PeerMark assignment creation
In step 2 the instructor determines how many papers will be distributed to the students in the course.
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.
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.
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
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 Really 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.
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
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
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.