Peer Feedback Tools

Last updated: June 7, 2024
Audience: Instructors

Peer feedback tools — Peer Review and Group Member Evaluation — are now available as integrations in Canvas. These tools are provided by FeedbackFruits.

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Peer Review

Allows students to review one or more artifacts submitted by classmates. Artifacts can include a wide range of file types, including documents, websites, audio and video.

Let your students know that they can get online help using Peer Review

Group Member Evaluation

Allows students to evaluate the contributions and behaviors of fellow group members. Can also be used to have students evaluate live performances (e.g., presentations, role plays, ensemble performances) of individuals or groups.

Let your students know that they can get an overview of Group Member Evaluation

Start with a FeedbackFruits template

Templates are now available in the UW Institutional Library in FeedbackFruits. These templates provide ready-to-use feedback activities that you can add to your course and modify as needed. Learn about using templates.

Additional resources from FeedbackFruits

Resources for peer review practices

These resources support peer review practices (not specific to Peer Review or Group Member Evaluation tools)

Planning and Guiding In-Class Peer Review – This resource from Washington University in St. Louis offers excellent guidance on what to do before, during, and after your peer review activities to help students reap the greatest benefits. Although it focuses on reviewing papers in class, the advice can easily apply to any mode of work (video, audio, etc.) and to peer review assignments in FeedbackFruits.

UW’s Program on Writing and Rhetoric provides helpful information about preferred teaching practices to their instructors, including information on Peer Review. This page on revision from the Writing Program includes sample handouts and lesson plans, including a lesson plan for designing an assignment rubric as a class.

This Peer Review Guide was created by the School of Social Work to help students review one another’s work.

UW policy on using peer feedback tools

The Office of the University Registrar includes guidelines about peer evaluation and grading under its UW Syllabus Guidelines and Resources. The guidelines state:
Peer evaluation must be used judiciously and in moderation. Peer evaluation may not replace grading by the instructor; while peer evaluation may be included in a grading rubric, students are not to assign grades to other students. 

This policy is in keeping with using Peer Review for formative assessment — on drafts of work, for example, that students have the opportunity to improve before submitting to the instructor for a final grade. If you have any questions, please contact the Registrar’s office. (The Center for Teaching and Learning does not advise on policy.)

Need help?

If you have questions about the tools or need help with set-up or use, you can send an email to, or reach out to the support chat by clicking the blue chat icon within the tools (chat is available 24/5; you’ll usually get a response within a few minutes).

You can also review frequently asked questions on the FeedbackFruits’ site, especially helpful for those getting started with the tools.

In addition, we strongly encourage you to join the UW FeedbackFruits Community of Practice in Teams. Here you can get advice from experienced users in the UW community, sign up for scheduled educational sessions on the tools, and peruse available templates for Peer Review and Group Member Evaluation activities, modifiable for your course.