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Peermark Assignment Abroad

.PeerMark assignments allow you to read, review, and score or evaluate one or many papers submitted by your peers. Peer feedback is available immediately.The PeerMark assignment may be anonymous or attributed, depending on the classroom structure determined by the instructor.


The basic stages of the PeerMark peer review process are:


  • Submit your paper to a Turnitin assignment
  • Your instructor creates a PeerMark assignment and sets the number of reviews each student will be required to write
  • On the PeerMark assignment start date (after the main assignment due date), students may begin their reviews
  • Write a review for each assigned paper, responding to questions written by your instructor. The person you are reviewing will be able to see the changes straight away. 
  • Once the PeerMark assignment due date passes, no additional reviews can be written, completed, or edited

Distribution of Peer Reviews

PeerMark reviews can be distributed:


  • Automatically selected by the Turnitin system
  • Self-selected by the student

Example: two papers may be automatically selected by Turnitin. And you may be able to select two additional papers to review.

Writing Peer Reviews


Peer reviews are completed by students writing or selecting answers to free response or scale questions provided by PeerMark or created by the instructor. 

Free response questions require a written response and may have a minimum length requirement. Scale questions require the students to rate an aspect of the paper that is being reviewed based on a question the instructor has created according to a scale.


Tip: A peer review can be saved and closed to be completed at a later time by clicking the Save button at the top of the peer review page.     





 Click on the class name




 Click on the Write Reviews button to the right of the PeerMark assignment




Click on the Start review link to start a pre-assigned review 





PeerMark will open. All the free response and scale questions that need to be completed for the peer review are located on the right side of the PeerMark screen.




To answer a free response question, click in the text box below the question and type in your response. The word minimum for the response is listed below the text box.

Selecting a Paper to Peer Review


Some instructors may create a PeerMark assignment that allows students to select one or more papers to review from the papers submitted to the paper assignment. These papers may be in addition to or instead of automatically assigned papers.



Click on the class name



 Click on the Write Reviewsbutton to the right of the PeerMark assignment.




 Click on the Select a paper to review link to choose a paper to review.




 Look through the available papers to review. If you would like to view a paper in its entirety click on the grey plus icon at the bottom right corner of the excerpt.




Once you have decided which paper you would like to review click on the REVIEW THIS PAPER button.




PeerMark will open. All the free response and scale questions that need to be completed for the peer review 
are located on the right side of the PeerMark screen.



To answer a free response question, click in the text box below the question and type in your response. The word minimum for the response is listed below the text box.



To answer scale questions, click the radio button above the number for the rating you are giving this writer for the question.




Once the questions are completed click on the Submit button at the top of the PeerMark page to submit your review.


PeerMark Tools Palette


The PeerMark Tools palette contains all the commenting functions available to a student. To access the Tools palette click on Tools on the PeerMark tool bar



The Tools palette contains two commenting tools and several composition marks that students can use in reviewing and editing their peers’ papers.



Within PeerMark, you can comment on the paper that you are reviewing. A comment is equivalent to the notes that a you may write within the margins of a piece of paper. A comment might be: 


Note: A comment may be up to one thousand characters in length.

 “I like this idea and think you could develop it further in this paragraph.”


Within PeerMark, click anywhere on the paper to add a comment. 


(Optional) If your comment references a specific area of the paper, you can click and drag on the paper while the comment bubble is open to create a highlight over text. The color of the highlight can be selected before clicking and dragging. Multiple highlights can be created for each mark if there are multiple areas to reference. Highlights may overlap.




A comment icon and text box will appear. Click inside the text box and start typing.



Click Save to save your comment.




(Optional) Your comment can be edited at any time by clicking on the mark symbol for the comment. The edit and trash can icons will appear.

Click the edit icon or double click the mark to open up the comment box. Edit the comment and click Save to save any changes made to the comment.


To move a comment, click and hold on the mark symbol and drag the icon to a new location.


To delete a comment click the trash can icon.




To leave an inline comment, click Tools from the PeerMark toolbar to open the tools palette.




Click the T commenting tool, then select your inline comment's color. 




Click on the paper where the comment should begin. The inline comment will appear as a light gray highlight, over which you can type.


When finished, click elsewhere on the paper. The inline comment will appear as typing directly over the paper.



(Optional) An inline comment can be deleted by moving the cursor over the comment and then clicking on the gray trash can icon that appears to the left of the comment. Deleted comments cannot be recovered.

The inline comment can be moved by clicking and dragging the comment to a new location on the page. Releasing the mouse will affix the inline comment to the page in the new location.

Composition Marks


Composition Marks are standard editing marks that you can utilize when editing and reviewing your peers’ papers.



To add a composition mark to a paper, click Tools from the PeerMark toolbar to open the tools palette.



Click on the relevant composition mark.




Drag the composition mark to your desired location on the paper.


Note: Composition mark symbols with yellow backgrounds on the palette are dynamic. These marks require resizing or text added to them when added to a paper.



(Optional) To move a composition mark, click on the mark and drag it to the new position on the paper and release the click.

To delete a mark place the cursor over the mark, the trash can icon will appear. Click on this to delete the mark.



Submitting a Peer Review



Click the Submit button at the top of PeerMark.



Note: Do not confuse the Save and Submit button. The Save button saves your review for you to return to at a later time. The Submit button submits the review to your instructor and the paper's author.



You will receive a Submission Complete confirmation upon submission of your review.

Reading Peer Reviews


Once the PeerMark assignment post date has passed, students are able to read the reviews written on their papers.



Once logged in, click on the name of the class the peer review was in.




Click on theRead Reviews button for the PeerMark assignment.




Click on the links within theReviews for your paperwindow to read the reviews of your paper.




PeerMark will open with the student’s review of your paper. All answers to the free response and scale questions will be available on the right side of the screen under the Questions tab.




To view the reviewer's comments in a list click on the Comments tab





Click on the Rate this Review button to rate the helpfulness of the review. Select a number on the scale from 0 to 10 and click on the Submitbutton to rate the review.



If you would like to print the review click on the Printlink on the PeerMark toolbar.



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: 

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.


Note: Certain fields are no longer editable once you pass your assignment dates.  Also, once a student submits a review, the Peermark assignment settings cannot be edited at all. 


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 a Base Assignment. This is the paper assignment that the peer review will be attached to. 



3b. If enabled for the assignment, you can allow papers submitted late to the original base assignment to be included in the peer review. 


Note: Students are able to review papers, and receive peer feedback, immediately from the start of the PeerMark assignment. If a student submits late to the base assignment they may not receive a paper to review or others students may not receive their paper.


As You can allow Turnitin to automatically assign, or allow students to pick, a set number of papers, they may have already reached their review allotment before the late submission.


4. Add an Assignment Title and Description. Your student will see this when they open their Assignment Inbox. 



5. You can change two checkboxes which will customize your student's experience while using PeerMark. 


Allow students to view author and reviewer names - With this setting enabled your student's will see the name of the student who they have been assigned to review and the names of any students who have reviewed their papers. 


Allow students without a paper to review - When enabled, any student in your class will be able to leave a PeerMark review even if they have not submitted to the base assignment themselves. 



6. Assign a point value for the PeerMark assignment. 


6b. You can optionally automatically give student's full points if they have written a review.



7. Peer reviews can be started anytime between the Start Peer Review and End Peer Review dates. During this time any completed peer feedback will immediately will be released as students complete reviews. 




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. You are able to change the Paper(s) automatically distributed by PeerMark and Paper(s) selected by the student fields. 



2b. 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. Select the Save button to save any changes or Cancel link to cancel any changes


5. Click Save & Continue to continue



Late submissions


Papers are distributed to students automatically based on the settings you have chosen. If you have allowed students to submit late to the base assignment it's possible that they may never receive a peer review. 


As students are given a set number of assignments to review, and their reviews are posted instantly upon completion, it's possible they will have reached their peer review allotment before the late submission is added to the system. 


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  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.


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.


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