Peermark is a peer review assignment tool. Instructors can add peer review to a Turnitin assignment to allow students to read, review and evaluate one of more assignments submitted by classmates

Peer reviews can be anonymous or attributed. Instructors can also assign a specific number of assignments for selected students to review or allow the system to make random selections.

Peermark can only be used in conjunction with the Turnitin assignment, If considering peer review for other assignment tasks refer to the Workshop for more information.

Its a good idea to review the capabilities of both the LEO workshop tool and Peermark when deciding to use peer evaluation as part of your assignment.;

Peermark is an additional activity added to an existing Turnitin assignment. For more information about how to create an assignment see How to create a Turnitin assignment,

Create Peermark review

  1. Navigate to a unit from within LEO.
  2. Locate and click on the Turnitin assignment.
  3. In the submission inbox page, click on the Launch Peermark Manager' (green cog icon)
  4. A pop up window will open. Click on the 'green' plus icon 'create Peermark assignment'.
PeerMark cog icon

Create Peermark questions

  1. In the Peermark Assignment tab, enter the following and click 'Save & Continue'
    • Enter a title
    • Enter instructions
    • Assign a Point Value for the peer review (if relevant to the assessment).
    • Specify a Start date, Due date and Feedback release date
    • Click on 'Additional Settings' to edit or confirm other settings such as number of papers to review, whether you want the student to self-review.
  2. To add questions to your peer review, click on the Peermark Questions tab.(libraries are linked directly to Turnitin site, you can add your questions here if you wish to save and reuse them in another peer review activity).
  3. 'Add a question'
    • There are two types: 'free response' and scale'
    • In the Free response enter the title and minimum number of words required if appropriate.
    • In the scale question, select the range e.g. 1 (low) 5 (High)
    • Click save
  4. To manage distribution of peer review, click on the Distribution tab.
    • You can leave Turnitin to force the random choice of reviews per student
    • Alternatively your can either use the 'Pair' or 'Exclude' icons
    • Pair students to review each others work
    • Exclude to exclude students from participating in peer review.
PeerMark assignment questions

The peer review process should commence after the due date of the Turnitin assignment to ensure students are providing feedback to their classmates final version.

To remove Peermark option from Turnitin assignment
  1. Access the Turnitin assignment
  2. In the submission inbox page, click on the 'Launch Peermark Manager' (green cog icon).
  3. A pop up window will open, click on the 'trash' icon to delete. Click 'confirm' to save changes

If students have already began peer review, clicking 'delete' will remove the Peermark and any peer review activities completed by students. It is recommended that 'deleting' a Peer Review should be decided before the start date of the peer review.

Student peer review is an effective way to increase student feedback, and evaluate the capability of students to review and critique work. The task of providing feedback on the work of others  adds a collaborative approach to learning and can expand engagement whilst raising awareness of possible approaches to problem solving.

The Turnitin Peermark feature provides instructors with the option to introduce students to peer assessment. Additional options allow the instructor to:

  • choose whether the reviews are anonymous or attributed;
  • include free form or scale questions
  • require review of one or many assessment submissions made by their fellow students;
  • set dates for the peer review process to be completed;
  • grade the quality of the peer review provided.

Peermark additional settings

There are various additional settings you can add to a Peer review assignment. You can retain the default options or review the settings and make required changes.

Award full points if review is written? If this option is set to 'Yes', a student who has reviewed another student paper will automatically be awarded the highest possible mark awarded for the Peermark.

Allow student to review author and reviewer name? If this option is set to 'Yes', students will be able to view the name of the student they are reviewing as well as who is reviewing their own assignments.

Allow submitters without a paper to review? If this option is set to 'Yes', students will be able to complete reviews on other student papers before submitting their own assignments.

Allow students to read all papers after the start date? If this option is set to 'Yes', students that submitted a paper will be able to access all other submitted student papers via Peermark view including reviews and comments made within the Peermark after the release date.

Papers automatically distributed by Peermark: This option sets the number of papers each student is assigned by the system to peer review. Click on the drop down menu to add additional papers.

Papers selected by the student: By default this is set to '0'. This option sets the number of papers students are allowed to assign to themselves for review.

Require self-review: If this option is set to 'Yes', student will be required to review their own paper, in addition to any papers they are allocated to review.

The default option is set to 'No' and the 'papers' automatically distributed by Peermark as '1'.

This tutorial demonstrates the process of peer assessment in Moodle, utilising the Turnitin Peermark tool. It shows both the teacher and student experience

Thomas, G.; Martin, D. and Pleasants, K. (2011) Enhancing students futurelearning in higher education in Journal of Learning and Teaching and Learning Practice 8,(1)

Boase-Jelinek, D;, Parker J., and Herrington, J. (2013) Student reflection and learning through peer review in Issue in Educational Research 23 (2)

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