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How do I use PeerMark for peer reviews? Content | Existing Activities

Create and set up PeerMark assignment

In order to use PeerMark in your course, you first have to turn this function on. To do so, please contact the ICT support of your faculty.

PeerMark is a functionality in Turnitin that allows student to give feedback to each other's submitted assignments. In order to use PeerMark in Brightspace, you first have to create a separate PeerMark assignment. This means you cannot use PeerMark for existing assignments! This separate assignment is not created in Assignments, but in the (sub)module in Content where you want the PeerMark assignment to be located. You can then assess it like any other Turnitin assignment in Brightspace. 

When you create a PeerMark assignment, Brightspace will automatically create a grade item for this assignment. This grade item will appear as a separate item at the bottom of the grade book. The weight of this separate grade item will automatically be 10%. This means you will have to manually put this grade item in the desired category as well as adjust the weight.

  1. Navigate to Content in the navbar of your course.
  2. Navigate to the (sub)module in which you want to put the PeerMark assignment.
  3. Click Existing Activities.
  4. Click PeerMark Assignment.

After you have created the topic, put it on Draft. This way you can set up the PeerMark assignment without it ever being visible for students. You can also place the assignment in a module that is still in draft mode.

  1. Enter the settings of the assignment:
    • Add a title for the assignment under Title.
    • Add a description under Instructions if desired.
    • Add the maximum score under Max Grade.
    • Enter the start date, deadline and/or date the feedback will be released under Start Date, Due Date and Feedback Release Date, respectively.
  2. Click Optional Settings for other settings, such as allowing assignments that were handed in late, plagiarism check, and rubrics.
  3. Click Submit when you are finished.

You have now created an assignment in Content. You still need to turn on the PeerMark in Content.

  • Navigate to the (sub)module in Content in which you just created the PeerMark assignment.
  • Click the assignment to open it.
  • You will now navigate to the Assignment Inbox of Turnitin. The files students hand in for the assignment can be found here. Please note that you cannot find the assignments that have been handed in on Brightspace itself, which would be the case with a regular Brightspace assignment. With PeerMark the files will remain on the Turnitin environment.
  • At this point you still have to turn on the PeerMark for this assignment. To do this, click Settings.

The first time you open the Assignment Inbox, you will have to agree with the Terms and Conditions.

  1. If desired, change the Start Date, Due Date and Feedback Release Date . These dates refer to the assignment itself, and not for the part where students have to hand in their peer review.
  2. Select Enable PeerMark.
  3. Click Submit. You have now enabled PeerMark for this assignment.

The dates you set in in Turnitin for the PeerMark assignment are not automatically transferred to Brightspace. This is because PeerMark is used as an external learning tool (external programme). However, you can set up the start date and end date in Brightspace to maintain control over when the topic with the assignment is visible for students. This has to be done the same way as for other topics below Content. To learn more, please read the following article: How can I set release conditions for a topic under Content?

  • Now that you have turned on PeerMark for the assignment, you will find the options PeerMark Setup and PeerMark Reviews in Turnitin's navbar. Click PeerMark Setup to set up the peer review part of the assignment.
  1. You will be navigated to the PeerMark Assignment tab.
  2. Enter a title for the assignment under Title. Under Instructions, you can add instructions or a description. Students can see these instructions once they start working on the assignment.
  3. Enter the highest grade a student can achieve under Point Value.
  4. Use Start Date and Due Date to determine when the peer review assessment opens and when the deadline is. Note that these data will differ from the assignment you have created previously. These settings are specifically about the component of the assignment relating to peer feedback.
  5. Below Additional Settings you will find the settings for among others the automatic distribution of papers among students, whether or not reviews are anonymous and how many papers student will receive to review.

The dates of the peer feedback cannot be earlier than the dates of the assignment itself. The Feedback Release Date cannot be before the Due Date.

  1. Under Additional Settings you can turn multiple options on or off:
    • With Award maximum points on review you can choose whether students will automatically receive the maximum number of points after writing a review.
    • With Students can view the names of their peers during review you can choose whether students can see the name of the person they are reviewing as well as the names of those who reviewed the student's paper.
    • With Students without a submission can review you can choose whether students can review other assignments without handing one in themselves.
    • With Automatically distribute papers for review you can choose how many assignments students will receive to review.
    • With Students can self-select papers for review you can choose how many assignments the students can choose to review. Enter 0 here if you do not want students to choose assignment themselves.
    • With Students must review their own paper you can choose whether students have to review their own assignments.
  2. Click Save & Continue to save your changes.

Add questions

If you want students to answer specific questions while assessing, you can set these up by using PeerMark Questions. You can let students answer open-ended questions or let them give a grade based on specific criteria. 

  1. Navigate to PeerMark Questions (second tab).
  2. Click Add from Library to add questions from your personal question library or the example questions from Turnitin. This can be useful when you want to create multiple PeerMark assignments with the same questions. You can alter these questions after you have added them.
  3. Click Add Question to add a new question to the assignment.
  4. Click Reorder questions to change the order of the selected questions.
  5. Click on the pencil icon behind the question to alter the question or click the waste bin icon to delete it.
  6. Click Save to Library to save your question to use them again later. If you have not yet created a question library for PeerMark, you can do so by going to Add Library.

Once the PeerMark assignment is active, you can no longer add questions.

Distribution of assignments

Distribution shows how the submitted assignments have been distributed among the students. Here, you can also manually assign assignments to students. This part will only be visible after students have submitted their assignments. The settings of an assignment determine how many assignments each student has to provide with feedback.

  1. Navigate to Distribution (third tab).
  2. Under Filters & Settings you can determine which students are visible. For example, this allows you to see which student does not have a partner yet. You can also search for a specific student.
  3. Behind the name of the student you will see whether the system has automatically linked students to each other, and if so, how many (if you have set this up previously).
  4. You can use the plus icon and minus icon to assign students assessments to review. If you click the plus icon, you can immediately choose to which student you want to link the author. 

When the PeerMark assignment is active, you can no longer make changes regarding the distribution. This means you can no longer connect students manually.

View PeerMark reviews

When you go to the tab PeerMark Reviews you can see the status of the peer reviews for an assignment. You will see how many reviews a student has received, how many they have submitted for others and which grades they have received. You can also give feedback to students yourself.

  1. Navigate to PeerMark Reviews (third tab) in the navbar of Turnitin.
  2. Click the pencil icon under Review to leave behind a review for this student. If you have already left a review, the button will turn green. 
  3. Click Download Scaled Responses (xls) to download the results of the peer review assignments as an Excel file. This allows you to see the scores for the previously set up questions at once. Please note that you will not see the comments.
  4. Go to Submitted to see how many reviews a student has handed in (possibly including a review of their own assignment).
  5. Go to Received to see how many reviews a student has received.

If you want to view the reviews including the commentary, click on the number below Submitted and Received.

  • Navigate to the tab Submitted Reviews or Received Reviews, respectively. Click a review or the blue button to open the assignment. The assignment will open in a new window. You can view the review and possibly give it a grade.
  • Click Reviews to return to the page with an overview of the reviews.

Assess PeerMark assignment

If you want to assess a PeerMark assignment, you have to do so in Turnitin rather than Brightspace.

  1. Navigate to the (sub)module containing the PeerMark assignment in Content.
  2. Click on the assignment.
  • When you are in the Assignment Inbox, click the title of the assignment or click Grade behind the assignment you wish to assess. The Turnitin Feedback studio will open in a new window. Here you are able to give feedback and possibly a grade. Please note that this grade will automatically be transferred to the grade book and is therefore immediately visible for students.