Peer review for instructors (using Canvas Groups)

  • Users must be updated to PlayPosit 3.0 
  • Users must be part of an institutional license
  • The institutional license must include peer review and an integration with Canvas

In this article

Create, assign and grade peer review assignments in PlayPosit 3.0

  1. What is a peer review bulb?
  2. The instructor's experience
    1. Creating a peer review assignment
    2. Importing groups from Canvas
    3. Assign a peer review bulb
    4. Grade a peer review bulb
    5. How to update groups for peer review

What is a peer review bulb?

Peer review bulbs are a new subset of Learner Made Bulbs that allow learners to evaluate each others' work in a variety of areas, from giving speeches and presentations to assessing skills and delivering training modules. Instructors can choose to create customizable marking guides or rubrics to guide learner feedback, and learners can leave time-coded comments at any point for later in-context review.

Note:  This feature is currently in beta and we appreciate your willingness to be a beta tester. If you encounter anything that needs attention from our dev team, reach out to for support

The instructor's experience

Creating a peer review assignment

A peer review assignment can be created with or without a rubric that will be automatically attached to the videos that learners upload to PlayPosit. If the peer review assignment has a rubric, then learners will fill out rubrics to submit feedback on learner submissions and participate in a discussion forum. You, as the instructor, will also fill out rubrics to assign final grades to learner submissions. Otherwise, learners will only be required to participate in the discussion forum, while you will manually assign a point value to learner submissions.

  1. Click the dropdown arrow next to Add New Bulb and select Add New Learner Made Bulb.
  2. Be sure to name your LMB assignment.
    1. Optional - you can type Learning Objectives/Instructions in. Otherwise, if left blank, PlayPosit will display generic instructions to learners that will inform them how to complete the peer review assignment.
      • (If rubrics are enabled) This is a two part assignment. First, upload a video and submit it to your instructor. Second, watch your peer review group's videos, fill out the grading rubrics, and submit your final feedback.
      • (If rubrics are disabled) This is a two part assignment. First, upload a video and submit it to your instructor. Second, watch your peer review group's videos, fill out the grading rubrics, and submit your final feedback.
  3. Toggle Enable peer review on
    1. Optional: Toggle Enable grading rubrics on if you want learners to evaluate each other according to specific criteria that you will set in the next step. Otherwise, students will merely watch each other's videos and comment in discussion forums. You can also toggle on Anonymize student rubric submissions if you do not want students to know the identities of their reviewers. If your institution's license includes HLS recording, then you'll be able to Allow learners to upload video files as well.
      1. If you enabled a grading rubric, the next step will ask you to design the rubric by adding numeric criteria and sections. You can also set each numeric criteria to be worth between 1 and 5 points. Reorganize the sections and criteria by dragging and dropping from the left side of each row, and delete criteria by clicking the settings gear on the right side.
      2. Click Next when you're done to save the rubric and move on to setting a bulb link.
    2. Optional: If you don't want to use a grading rubric, you can leave that toggle off, adjust the number of points an assignment is worth, and instead toggle on Enable complete/incomplete grading. This means that students will receive full points as soon as they have both submitted their own video and completed giving feedback to all other learners in their group or class. Click Next to move on to setting the bulb link.
  4. If you have previously imported your Canvas groups, toggle on Enable group assignments and select the group set you want to use. Click Link to finish.
  5. If you have not yet imported groups from Canvas follow the instructions listed here.

Importing groups from Canvas

Importing groups will enable instructors to require that learners only submit feedback for members of their own groups for their overall peer review assignments to be marked complete. Ordinarily, for a peer review assignment to be marked complete, a learner must both submit a video and submit feedback for every member of their class.

Before importing groups into PlayPosit from Canvas, please ensure that:

  • You have existing group sets and groups in Canvas
  • Each student in your Canvas course belongs to a group within each group set
  • You have created and launched at least one PlayPosit assignment within your Canvas course
  • Your admin has provided PlayPosit with an admin developer key.

This is the current recommendation for importing groups:

If you have not created a peer review assignment yet click here.

  1. After creating a peer review assignment and clicking Save in the PlayPosit tool, or after clicking the Canvas icon next to a peer review bulb to set a bulb link, click on the Import Groups button.
  2. You should now see all of your group sets and groups within each group set.

If you need to make changes to a group set or group after the initial import, then follow the instructions here.

Assign a peer review bulb

If you have already created your peer review assignment, follow these steps to finish setting the bulb link:

  1. Open My Bulbs, click on the peer review bulb, and click Set Bulb Link.
  2. If you have previously imported your Canvas groups, toggle on Enable group assignments and select the group set you want to use. Click Link to finish.
  3. After saving and publishing the Canvas assignment, if you then launch it, you should see a greyscreen with options to unlink the bulb, monitor the bulb, or enter PlayPosit.

Grade a peer review bulb

Once your students have completed their assignments, you can launch the Canvas assignment again to view each student's submission, feedback for the other students in their class or group, and assign final grades to each student.

Grading with a rubric

If you have assigned a peer review assignment with grading rubrics enabled, you can use the gradebook to:

  1. Preview a student's submission
  2. Assign a grade, view feedback given by a student, and feedback received by the same student.
  3. Enter Grade Mode to quickly assign grades to multiple students at a time.
  4. Sync grades to Canvas's gradebook.

Note: The Preview button is the only way to moderate or participate in discussion forums. The Rubric button (#2 in the above list) will not allow you to moderate or participate in discussion forums.

Assign and export final grades

  1. Click the rubric icon for the student you wish to grade, which will open a panel with three tabs. The panel will open automatically to the Instructor Feedback tab. Click Evaluate Submission to launch the player view of this student's submission.
  2. Click the rubric icon in the sidebar to access the grading rubric for this student's submission. You can enter numeric values and leave comments or notes for each criteria. When you're done, click Submit Rubric.
  3. The next time you click on the rubric icon for this student, the Instructor Feedback tab will show the score you have already assigned. You can click View Submission to launch the player again with a read-only version of the rubric you submitted.
  4. Otherwise, you can click the rubric icon to view the rubric you submitted for this student.
  5. If you want to modify the score you've previously assigned to this student, return to the gradebook for this peer review assignment and click Enter Grade Mode.
  6. The score column for students whom you have previously graded will now show a number of radio buttons, each with a point value. Select the point value you want to assign for each available student, and then click Save Grades.
  7. Don't forget to Sync Grades to the Canvas gradebook!

View feedback received

Click on the Feedback Received tab to view the rubrics completed by this student's peers for this student's submission. These rubrics do not factor into the student's score.

You can click the Discussion icon to load a view of the discussion forum for this student's submission.

View feedback given

Select the Feedback Given tab to view the scores given by this student to the others in his or her peer group. You can also see whether this student's reviews are Not Started, In Progress, or Completed.

Grading without a rubric

If you have assigned a peer review assignment without grading rubrics enabled, you can use the gradebook to:

  1. Preview a student's submission
  2. Enter Grade Mode to quickly assign grades to multiple students at a time.
  3. Sync Grades to Canvas's gradebook.

Assign and export final grades

  1. Students who have submitted a video for this peer review assignment will have a "-%" entry in the Score column, denoting that it needs to be graded. If you have enabled Complete/Incomplete Grading on this assignment, then this value will read "100%" instead of "-%". Click Enter Grade Mode to assign a final score.
  2. Select a point value for the student's submission and click Exit Grade Mode to save, then click Sync Grades to export the final score to the Canvas gradebook.

How to update groups for peer review

In LTI when a group's learners gets rearranged follow these steps to update a peer review assignment group set.

1. Move a learner to a new group in the group editor for your LMS.

2. Open the assignment in your LMS and click Manage Groups.

3. In the manage groups popover click the refresh button next to the group set that had a learner moved.

4. Check that the learner has been moved to the appropriate group by clicking the drop down arrows.

Note: If a learner has changed groups they should not have to re-submit a peer review bulb attempt. However, the members in the learner's group will change accordingly.

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