Peer review

Peer review – a learning activity in which students give each other feedback – is a tool that is used extensively within the higher education sector. Brightspace offers the peer review module FeedbackFruits and digital peer review is extremely easy to organise.

Peer review benefits the learning process by getting students to read each other’s products and give feedback on them for formative purposes. Peer review can also have a summative function, i.e. if the feedback is included in the final assessment, although feedback is most effective when used formatively. The goal of peer review is for both the provider and recipient of the feedback to learn from the feedback that is given and received. Giving feedback is a vital skill for students that they will need to have in order to practise their future professions. In addition, any feedback received must result in improvement of the product in question.

Benefits of peer review:

  • Greater insight into the zone of proximal development.
  • Multiple perspectives provide added value.
  • Useful supplement to expert feedback.
  • Reflecting on other people’s work helps your own work.

Getting started

  1. Go to your Brightspace course.
  2. Go to ‘Content’ and select the folder (module) in which you want to place the peer feedback activity.
  3. Click on ‘Existing Activities’ and then on ‘External Learning Tools’.
  4. Click ‘Peerfeedback FBF’.
  5. The activity has now been added to the course page.
  6. Click the activity to open and edit it.
  7. Click here to further set up peer feedback.

Optional: You can also participate in a workshop on the educational implementation of FeedbackFruits or make an individual appointment via to discuss how FeedbackFruits can benefit your teaching practice.