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Peergrade is a tool that you can use in a course as an assignment for students to practise giving and receiving feedback from their peers.
In a nutshell, students submit an assignment either as individually or as a group, and they can give feedback on other students , or groups' assignments.
They can also comment on the feedback that they have received.

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  • Activity name: Name your Peer peer-review activity
  • Preconfigured tool: Choose Peergrade.
  • Launch container: New window. This means that a new window is opened when students click on the activity.

ClickSave and display”.

Go to Peergrade. Before you can create an assignment for students to peer review, you need to verify yourself via the email send sent by Peergrade. Remember to check also Check your spam folder if you don't find the email in your inbox.
In Peergrade, create a new class and name it after your course.


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Using Peergrade for

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peer review

Peergrade can be used for individual submissions and for peer feedback.

Creating Create a new assignment and a review template in Peergrade. Write Give it a title and provide a description for of the assignment.
The title and the description are shown to the students when they start reviewing.

In the Rubric, create specify the criteria for that students use to evaluate the quality of their peers’ assignments. These are the questions that the students answer when giving feedback to their peers. You can select different question types - types—Text, Scale or Yes/No by —by editing questions in the rubric.

Select the Homework template, and add deadlines for submissions and for reviews.

ClickCreate an assignment”.

Next, check Settings.

  • Submissions: Select what sort of file types students the type of files students can submit.
  • Feedback: Mark how many the number of reviews students complete. In other words, specify how many students does each student give feedback to.
  • Rubric: Hide or show the rubric to the students before submission.
  • Advanced: Receiving and giving feedback is anonymous by default. Here you can make changes to anonymity, or change when the students are allowed to give feedback to their peers.

Peergrade will randomly select the peers' assignments to which assignments a student gives feedback to. This means that you You cannot manually select who reviews whose assignment.

Is it possible to score students' performance in Peergrade?

Sort of. Peergrade allows you to assess students' submissions and feedback with the Peergrade scoring system.

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Read more on scores and weights.

Unfortunately, Peergrade does not allow transfering transferring any scores, or grades, to MyCourses at the moment. If you wantHowever, you can export data from Peergrade, then and import the grades from Excel to MyCourses by using via a CSV - file and using student numbernumbers/email address addresses to map the students with to the respective grades.


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Using Peergrade for

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group peer review

Peergrade can also be used for group submissions and for group-to-group feedback. The settings for group submissions are the same as in peer review except that now you need to start must begin by creating groups in MyCourses.

To create groups in MyCourses, go to Participants on in the left navigation bar and find Groups from the gear icon.

  • Groups: Create groups either automatically (Auto-create groups) or manually (Create group).

  • Grouping: To operate For easier operation with the groups more easily, create grouping and add the groups in the grouping.

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Then, continue to Peergrade and Setttings Settings:

  • Groups: Allow students to submit as a group. Only one submission for each group is allowed.
  • Group review: We recommend you to select that students review group submissions as a group. Reviews will must be made on the behalf of the whole group.
  • Moodle groupings: Use the groupings from Moodle that you just created in MyCourses.

Read more on how group feedback works.

What happens to a group peer review if a student decides to opt out

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of a course?

If a student opts out from of the course, we recommend you to deactivate (or delete) the student manually from Preegrade the Peergrade Participant page . You will find the page by clicking (click on "Class" . If you do not deactivate to find this page). Not deactivating the student , it can cause some problems for group reviews.

The difference between to deactivate and to deletedeactivating and deleting.


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Keep in mind:

  • By default, Peergrade sends email notifications to both students and the teacher. This can be changed in the "Class Settings".
  • Feedback is anonymous by default, but this can be changed.
  • Peer review allocation can be done only randomly.
  • The easiest way to use group submissions is to create groups in MyCourses and to use these groups in Peergrade.

Instructions for

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students

Before students can submit an assignment , or review other students’ assignments, they need to verify themselves for each course via the email send by Peergrade.
Remind the students also to check their spam folder too for this verification email.

Demonstration video coming soon!

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If you need help with using Peergrade or would like to test Peergrade with someone, contact send the Teacher Services team by sending a message to : mycourses@aalto.fi.