Peer reviews are a great opportunity for students to read other peers' works and give feedback regarding assignments. Peer reviews are a tool that allows communication between students and can help students master the concepts of a course and learn from each other.
There are currently two tools by which Peer Reviews can be accomplished. One is through Canvas while the other takes place in TurnItIn.
Create a Peer Review Assignment
Regardless of if you intend to use Canvas or TurnItIn, the process to create your initial assignment starts in Canvas. However, before setting up your assignment, consider the following:
Will your Peer Reviews be Anonymous?
How important is detailed feedback to your assignment (comments directly on the submission vs comments on the overall assignment)?
Do you want your students to follow a rubric while doing their reviews?
If you want the Peer Reviews to be anonymous and have students leave detailed feedback directly on the submission, you should use TurnItIn. TurnItin also has an advantage for checking for plagiarism as well as grammar and spelling.
If you chose to use Canvas, you will setup your assignment as normal, but check an additional box that says Require Peer Reviews. More information and screenshots can be found on the Canvas Peer Review web page.
You will then have the option to assign the reviews automatically or manually, set a due date for the reviews, and allow intra-group reviews if the submission is a group assignment.
Here are some helpful articles that students can use to successfully submit their Peer Reviews and view reviews on their own submissions: