Implementing The Peer Assessment Training Workshop on CANVAS

Series: CTLT Institute

Event Date & Time

  • August 24, 2018
    11:30 am - 2:00 pm

Event Description

Writing helps students learn (Gingerich et al., 2014; Nevid, Ambrose, & Pyun, 2017; Nevid, Pastva, & McClelland, 2012), and assessing the written work of peers helps with developing skills such as critical analysis, reflection, and attention to criteria (Dochy, Segers, & Sluijsmans, 1999; Nicol, Thomson, & Breslin, 2014). Research has shown peer assessment to be reliable and valid enough for grading purposes (Falchikov & Goldfinch, 2000; Pare & Joordens, 2008; Topping, 1998), but students in introductory courses do not trust their own and others’ abilities to conduct peer assessments.

We developed a Peer Assessment Training (PAT) workshop that improves students’ confidence in their peers’ ability to assess written work. In a session held earlier this year (see:; also:, we demonstrated the PAT, its implementation into our courses, and we described resources available for adapting the workshop for other courses. In this session, we will go through the process to be used for implementing the workshop on CANVAS for an upcoming course. This will be a hands-on session, intended for instructors who wish to be walked through each of the steps required for building the workshop into their CANVAS course.

Session participants should bring their own laptop, and are also encouraged to bring their own instructional materials: (1) assignment descriptions, (2) rubric that students will use to review peer’s work and (3) sample work that students can use to practice their peer assessment skills.

Please note: Lunch will be provided at this session.

This event is part of our CTLT Summer Institute. For more Institute events, please click here.


Peter Graf, Professor, Department of Psychology

Catherine Rawn, Senior Instructor, Department of Psychology

Bosung Kim, Educational Consultant, Learning Design, Curriculum and Course Services, Centre for Teaching, Learning, and Technology


Venue Website:

1961 E Mall, Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z1, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada


Please note this room is located through the CTLT offices of the 2nd floor in IKBLC.