Getting Started

logo for peerScholar

peerScholar is a peer assessment application with three main phases:

  1. Create (students submit work),
  2. Assess (students evaluate peer work and provide feedback based on instructor-set rubrics), and
  3. Reflect (students read feedback, and optionally provide feedback on the feedback received and/or revise and resubmit the work).

If you're an instructor looking for assistance with setup/use of peerScholar, please visit the LT Hub website.

UBC committed to a contract with peerScholar for the 2020W1 & 2020W2 term, and it is available for use in all 2020W1 & 2 (September 2020 through to April 2021) courses. Further information will be posted about 2021S summer term once it is available.

The peerScholar website has more detailed information on the tool's workflow.

A UBC pilot and related evaluation of peerScholar highlighted some general recommendations for using this tool in courses.

  1. Users should be comfortable with evolving technology: The tool is still in active development and anyone using it should be prepared for ongoing changes.
  2. Run test assignments before going live: This is the best way to identify if what you want to do with the current version of the tool is possible and practical.
  3. Plan how to deal with marking variations: Not all students will complete all phases of the assignments, so be prepared for how to grade around these drop-offs.
  4. Enable (with commenting) and incentivize the feedback-on-feedback feature: peerScholar allows students to give feedback on the feedback they receive. This is a reported perk of the system, both from student and instructor perspectives, provided that the course provides sufficient motivation and instructions for leaving detailed feedback-on-feedback.
  5. Clearly articulate peerScholar’s phases and process to students: The workflow can be complicated, especially if you include extra steps like the feedback-on-feedback, self-assessment, and/or revision. Make sure students understand what will be involved and when each step needs to be completed.
  6. Train students specifically in contextual commenting: peerScholar lets students annotate each other's assignments, and this contextual feedback can be helpful if pointed out in the course prior to completing the peer review.

From a technical side, you should use Canvas for the best experience setting up peerScholar. This is because peerScholar is currently configured as an LTI integration in Canvas.

Creating your Course and Setting Up Assignments via Canvas LTI Integration

  1. Access your Canvas course
  2. Create an Assignment
    1. Pick the "External Tool" option
    2. Pick peerScholar V3 from the list. The URL is
    3. Be sure to check off "Load This Tool In A New Tab"
    4. Set the number of points it is out of
      Assignment settings needed for a peerScholar assignment in Canvas
  3. Clicking the link the first time will create your course and assignment in peerScholar and the gradebook column in Canvas
  4. Each assignment can be managed in peerScholar once set up, including syncing grades back to Canvas
    PeerScholar V3.JPG
  5. Assignments can be copied within a course or between courses, provided the creator has teacher-level Canvas access or TA-level Canvas access
    peerScholar V3 - screenshot showing how to copy an assignment
  6. Your students will get added to your peerScholar course the first time they click a peerScholar assignment link from Canvas

  • If you are in the Faculty of Applied Science, you should first contact the Centre for Instructional Support for PeerScholar support. You can contact us at or drop into our office (CEME 1214) during normal business hours. Submitting requests to the email will automatically generate a help ticket in our system and helpful Learning Tech Rover will follow-up with you.
  • Outside of normal business hours and for more difficult issues you can contact the central campus Learning Technology Hub [ or 604-827-4775]
  • To learn more about how to use PeerScholar on your own, you can check out the PeerScholar documentation.