Web Page Critique Assignment Submission

As you have probably noticed in the syllabus, there will be two peer review assignments (also called "Critiques") during the course.  The first is officially assigned today, Week 3, and you will be critiquing Mini-paper #1 submissions from your classmates.  The second will be assigned Week 7 and you will be critiquing Mini-paper #2.

My intent is to make this as real as possible.  It is common to be asked to review articles for journal publications within your specialty areas.  I have two versions of review forms used by journal editors for this purpose.  We will use one form for the first peer review and the second form later in the course.

Reviews are meant to be professional and thorough.  Comments should be honest and constructive.  Feel free to suggest alternate approaches and ideas for improvement.  Most of all, be fair; let's face it, we are all here to learn from each other!

Critique #1 Submission Instructions

For example, my file would be named "L2_pr1_jbishop.doc."  This naming convention is important, as it will help me make sure I match up each submission with the right student.

  1. As soon as possible send your Mini-paper #1 to the person immediately after you in the alphabetical listing of the class using Canvas email (the last person should loop around to the top of the list).
  2. Download the Review Form here: Peer_Review1.doc.
  3. Conduct your review.  Be sure to include the author's name and the title of his or her mini-paper at the beginning of your review.  Remember just completing the check-off portion is not enough.  The value in the critique is your commentary about likes, dislikes, problems, confusion, suggestions, etc.  Your feedback is important.
  4. Save your file in the following format: L2_pr1_firstinitialLastName.doc.
  5. Submit your critique to the Lesson 2 Canvas dropbox titled "Critique #1."  See our Canvas Course Calendar for specific due dates.
  6. Note: Be sure to include the title and author's name (your classmate's) at the beginning of your critique.

Critique #1 Grading Criteria

Evaluation criteria

Your review should meet the following guidelines:

  • All sections in the review form are addressed.  If you feel that a section does not apply please state why.
  • The Yes/No part is only the beginning.  The author will need an explanation to understand your thoughts.  Write this out.
  • Comments are thoughtful and criticism is constructive.


This peer review is worth 5% of the course grade.

Your instructor may require you to submit a peer review of another student's assignment. To complete the assignment, you must review the student's assignment and add a comment in the comment sidebar.

If your instructor includes a rubric, which is a pre-determined outline of how an assignment is graded, you must also assign a grade using the rubric.

Some peer reviews may also be anonymous, which means you cannot view the name of the student whose assignment you are reviewing. Additionally, the student cannot see your name as the reviewer when you leave a comment to complete the review.  

Open Assignments

In Course Navigation, click the Assignments link.

Note: You can also access your Assignments through your user or course dashboard, the Syllabus, Gradebook, Calendar, or Modules.

Open Assignment

Click the title to open the assignment.

Open Assigned Peer Review

Under Assigned Peer Reviews, you will see any peer reviews assigned to you. Click the name of the assigned peer whose work you will be reviewing. The caution sign icon [1] indicates the peer review has not been completed. A checkmark icon [2] indicates that you have completed the peer review.

Open Anonymous Peer Reviews

If your peer review is anonymous, you cannot see the name of the student. The name of the student will also not be shown anywhere in the assignment.

View Peer Review

To download the assignment, click the name of the assignment [1]. To preview the submission, click the View Feedback button [2].

Create Annotated Feedback


If the assignment supports annotated feedback, the Preview button will display as View Feedback.

To open the document with Canvas DocViewer, click the View Feedback button [1]. You can add comments directly to the submission through DocViewer [2].

You can leave direct feedback on the assignment using DocViewer, but you cannot view any existing feedback submitted by another student or the instructor.

Note: In anonymous peer reviews, you cannot leave comments in DocViewer.

Add Assignment Comment

In order to complete the Peer Review, you will need to leave at least one comment. You cannot view any existing feedback submitted by another student or the instructor.

Type a comment in the comment field [1], leave a media comment [2], or attach a file [3]. Click the Save button [4].

Complete Peer Review with Rubric


If the assignment has a rubric attached, you will also need to fill out the attached rubric for the peer review to be considered finished. To view the rubric, click the Show Rubric link [1] and enter a score for each criterion in the Points column [2]. Each rubric score will create the total points for the assignment [3].

When you're finished, click the Save Comment button [4]. You may need to refresh your browser to see that you've completed the required steps for the peer review.

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