Peer-Based Assessment – Comparison Chart

Self and Peer assessment is a collaborative learning technique, where students comment on their peers’ assignment and receive feedback on their own work. Rubrics are often used to clarify the instructor’s expectations with a list of criteria and descriptors. In the past few years, UBC has been supporting a variety of self and peer assessment tools, that have their own pedagogical considerations.

The table below will help you identify the more appropriate self and peer assessment tool for your teaching practice. The criteria are listed in level of importance or relevance.


Canvas edx/Edge ComPair PeerWise Turnitin iPeer
 Peer Review Open Response Assessment  External Tool  External Tool External Tool  External Tool
Review Peer Work (comments*)  ✅  ✅  ✅  ✅  ✅  ✅
Anonymous  ✅  ✅  ✅  ✅  N/A  ✅
Rubric (descriptive/holistic)  ✅  ✅  ✅  ✅  N/A  ✅
Backwards Feedback**  ✅  ❌  ✅  ❌  N/A  ❌
Peer reviews assigned (manual/random)  ✅  ✅  ✅  ✅  N/A  ✅
Self-assessment  ✅  ✅  ✅  ✅  ✅
Group assignment*** or participation  ✅  ❌  ❌  ❌  ❌  ✅

* Comments: as instructor, you can remove inappropriate Assignment Comments (general) from the SpeedGrader on Canvas, but not in line annotations.

** Backwards feedback: This term is used to describe the feedback that an author (reviewee) provides to a reviewer about the quality of the review. This feedback can be in the form of a reply comment.

*** Group assignments can be peer reviewed on Canvas. One group member will submit the assignment, the instructor can then manually or randomly assign peer reviews. Canvas also allows intra-group peer reviews for the group members to review their own assignment.