What are NoRedInk Peer Reviews?
NoRedInk’s Peer Reviews matches students anonymously and guides them to share structured and actionable feedback.
Peer Review is great for feedback skills and for targeted revision of specific essay components. Students will work through three steps in the writing process: Write, Rate Peers, and Revise.
How do I assign a Peer Review?
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1. To assign a Peer, first head to our Assignment Library by clicking “Browse & Assign" and then select the Writing category.
2. On the next screen, choose the Peer Review activity. Next, add a prompt and select the essay component you want to assign. When you're finished, Click "Continue."
- The grading rubric will adjust based on the essay component you select, and you'll be able to specify the criteria you'd like students to focus on when rating their peers.
- NoRedInk Premium users can choose to require mastery in the Practice topics associated with each criteria, enabling students to provide more robust and thoughtful feedback. Learn more here.
4. Finally, you'll choose which classes and students you want to assign to the Peer Review in order to create the assignment. You won't need to set a start date and due date right away.
Starting the Peer Review
The Peer Review assignment begins when you click the "Start" button that appears next to the assignment on your "My Assignments" page.
On the next screen, you'll set your due date and time for the assignment and specify how many peers each student will rate (default is 5). Click "Start peer review" to make the assignment open for students to start working on.
Ready to assign? Click here to assign a Peer Review from the Assignment Library.
What do students see?
Step 1: Submit Writing
The first step students will complete is submitting their writing for peers to rate.
💡 Since the rating step works best when students begin at the same time, we recommend students write their drafts in advance so that it's ready to copy and paste into Step 1.
Step 2: Rate
Next, students will be matched up with peers to rate and receive anonymous feedback.
- If you've required students to master topics in order to rate, students will be prompted to do this before unlocking the rating criteria ().
- NoRedInk guides students through the feedback process by providing tips on writing meaningful feedback.
Step 3: Revise
When students finish rating what's required, they move to the final step of their Peer Review, where they will review the feedback left by their peers and revise their own writing.
The first thing students will do is rate their own writing based on the rating criteria.
- As students rate themselves, they'll compare their rating with the rating and feedback left by their peers.
- Students have the option to edit their self-rating.
Next, students will review their classmates' comments before setting revision goals.
- Students can star the feedback that they found most helpful.
- Students also have the option to flag any inappropriate comments for their teacher.
After students set their revision goals, the final step is for students to revise and submit their writing.
Viewing their submitted writing
- To view the writing they've submitted, students can click "Past Work" at the top of their page.
- Once it's been graded, clicking "View Writing" will show a student's submitted work, as well as any comments you've left and their grade.
Want to preview your assignment as a student?
- Once an assignment is created, you can click the eye icon on your Assignments page to preview it.
- You can also preview active assignments using the view as a student mode, which allows you to see what students in your class will experience.
How can I track progress?
Click on the "View Writing" icon next to the assignment on your My Assignments page to view the Peer Review progress in real time.
- See where your students are at in each stage of the Peer Review. You can edit the due date here if necessary.
- View class trends and details about flagged or starred comments.
- Click on a student's name to view their writing or to use the option to skip students forward to the next step if they are stuck for a long time waiting for more ratings.
How do I view and grade student writing?
Click on the "Submissions & Grades" tab to view and grade students' writing submissions.
- You can click on a student's name to see their current writing progress and leave comments even if the student is still working on the assignment.
- When students submit their writing, you will see their names appear under "Ready for grading." Click on the student's name or on the "Grade" button to grade their submission.
While grading, you'll be able to review the student's efforts in the revision process by comparing drafts and viewing goals, ratings, and comments received and given.
- To edit the assignment's grading rubric, click the pencil icon next to the rubric.
- Click "Save Grade" when you're ready to post your comments and the student's final grade.
- Click "Request Revision" if you think the writing needs more work. This will send the assignment back to the student for an additional round of revision.
Post queued grades and revisions
Once you're done reviewing student submissions, return to your "Submissions & Grades" tab to post the queued grades and requests for additional revision.
- Students with final grades will be able to see their grade posted in their "Past Work" page.
- Students with additional revision requests will see the assignment appear on their home page with a "Revise" banner.