Turnitin: PeerMark assignments

What is PeerMark?

PeerMark is an online peer review program that allows you to review papers submitted by other students in the same class. This software is used by many universities in Australia and internationally.

Peer reviews can be anonymous or you may be permitted to see who reviewed your paper – this is a setting controlled by teaching staff. Depending on the nature of the assignment, staff may also provide the option for you tocomplete a self-review of your own paper.

What can I submit to PeerMark?

PeerMark assignments are based on papers submitted to Turnitin – they do not require submission of another document. Since the same document is used, the same restrictions apply as for submitting to Turnitin.

  • Accepted formats able to generate a similarity report are:
    • Microsoft Word
    • Powerpoint
    • Excel
    • Corel WordPerfect
    • Adobe PostScript
    • PDF
    • HTML
    • RTF
    • OpenOffice
    • Hangul
    • Google Docs
    • Plain text.
  • Size limit: 20 MB / one million characters / 40 pages.  If your document is larger than these limits, please contact your lecturer.
  • Must not be password protected: ensure that you do not save your document this way.

Most assignments submitted to Turnitin require you to include your name and/or student ID in the paper. However, teaching staff may request that you do not insert these details when submitting to Turnitin when using anonymous peer review via PeerMark, so that you are not identified to the reviewer

Further information about Turnitin is available in Turnitin assignments student guide or at the Academic Integrity at the University of Melbourne website.

Writing a review in PeerMark

When staff create a PeerMark assignment, they will set the assignment to either:

  • Distribute papers to students automatically to review,
  • Allow students to choose which papers to review,
  • Ask students to complete a self-review, or
  • A combination of all of these.

Papers will become available for review on the PeerMark assignment start date. You will be able to write reviews for assigned papers by clicking on the Start Review button next to a Pre-Assigned review.

Responding to pre-defined questions

  1. Locate the PeerMark assignment by clicking on View/Complete. Take note of any special instructions provided by your lecturer/tutors.
  2. Click Write Reviews to the right of the PeerMark assignment.
  3. Click Get Started to open the PeerMark review page in a new window
PeerMark review page
PeerMark review page

NOTE: If you need to select a paper to review you will be presented with a brief preview of the submission. You can click on the + symbol to read a full preview. Click Review this Submission next to the paper you wish the review. A prompt box will appear stating This selection cannot be changed after PeerMark has begun. Click Yes Continue to PeerMark

  1. Read the paper you’re reviewing in the frame on the left side of the screen and answer the questions in the frame on the right side of the screen.
    • To answer a Free Response question, type your answer in the text box provided below the question. The minimum word count is located directly below the text box.
    • To answer a Scale question click the radio button above the number for the rating you are giving this paper for the question.
    • A progress bar at the top shows your progress in completing the peer review
  2. Click Submit when finished. 

Note: PeerMark will prompt you if you have not completed all the review questions, or have not reached the minimum word count for any question. If you would like to save your progress so you can leave and work on the review at a later point in time - click Save. A message will appear advising you have not submitted your review. Click OK to Save and finish the review later.


Adding Comments to a paper in PeerMark

You can also add comments directly onto a paper using PeerMark tools.

  1. Click anywhere on the paper where you would like to make your comment.
  2. Type your comment into the text box, then click Save.

Note: To highlight a passage from the paper, click the text then drag the cursor across the area to be highlighted. Click the new comment box to enter text comments related to that highlighted section.

You can click on Tools above the submission to access annotation tools. These include a highlighter, typing text on the paper and add some standard composition marks to the paper such as spelling error, word choice error, delete.

Reading reviews of your paper

When the peer review period has ended you will be able to see reviews of your paper via the PeerMark assignment.

PeerMark assignment method

  1. Click the View Complete button of the PeerMark assignment.
  2. Click Read Reviews
  3. In the pop-up box that appears, select the review to be viewed (click student name, or “Student” if reviews were anonymous).
  4. In a new window the review is displayed with responses to questions and comments in the right side pane. If this student has made any annotations these will appear on the document, or you can click on the Comments tab on the right to review.
  1. Click the Previous / Next arrows at the top of the page to view another review (if applicable).

Reading reviews of other student papers

If it is appropriate for the learning activity, staff may choose to allow all students to view all papers and peer reviews at the end of the review period. This is an optional setting, controlled by staff during the creation of the assignment.

  1. Locate the PeerMark assignment in your subject.
  2. Click Show Details to the right of the PeerMark assignment.
  3. Click Read all papers and reviews.
  4. Browse the submitted papers and reviews, then click Read Reviews to view the paper and reviews of interest.
  5. The paper and reviews will open in a new browser window. If there are multiple reviews for the same paper, click Previous or Next in the top right to view each review.

This guide was last updated 14 Dec 2016.
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