Peer Assessment

Vendor documentation:”Self and Peer Assessment


The Blackboard Self and Peer Assessment tool allows students to review and grade their peers’ work.

The Self and Peer Assessment tool differs from the Turnitin Peermark tool in that students are asked to give points to the submitted assignments; the average of these points may optionally be copied to the Blackboard Grade Center. The Self and Peer Assessment tool does not permit inline markup on the assignment.

There are two distinct phases to a Self and Peer Assessment exercise:

  1. Students submit a “base assignment” which has a hard deadline. Setting up the base assignment is very similar to setting up a regular Blackboard assignment, except that the instructor is asked to select some additional options including Evaluation Dates, whether evaluations should be anonymous, whether to allow self evaluation, whether to show evaluation results to the submitter, and the number of submissions each student should evaluate.
  2. After the assignment submission phase is complete, the evaluation phase begins; in this phase, submitted assignments are randomly distributed to other students in the course. Only those assignments that were submitted before the beginning of the evaluation phase will be included in the evaluation process.  The instructor provides a list of questions about the assignment; evaluators are asked to allocate points and provide feedback for each question.

Instructors have the opportunity to see which submissions have been assigned to whom, and are able to view and download individual submissions and evaluations.

This tool has been used successfully at Cornell, but we strongly recommend that you contact us at for consultation in configuring it for your course.



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