Group and Peer Review Assignments
A group assignment is a way for instructors to allow students to work together on an assignment and submit it as a group. Only one group member needs to submit the assignment on behalf of the group.
Any attachments added as part of a graded assignment submission are also copied to your group files but are not counted against your user quota. However, once the file has been uploaded as a submission, you cannot delete the file. If you upload a file from your computer, the file is stored in the group Submissions folder. However, please note that if you submit a file that was previously uploaded to your group files, the file is stored in your Submissions folder.
- If you want to submit a file that was previously uploaded, the file must already be in your user files. Any files that have been uploaded to the group's files cannot be access through assignment submissions. Learn how to move group files to user files.
- If enabled in your account, Canvas plays a celebration animation when you submit an assignment on time. However, if you prefer, you can disable this feature option in your user settings.
1. In Course Navigation, click the Assignments link.
2. Click the name of the assignment.
3. Click the Submit Assignment button.
A banner may appear above your assignment to indicate that your instructor has removed the group assignment from total grade calculations. However, this setting does not affect assignment submissions.
To upload a file from your computer, click the Choose File button . When the file window appears, locate and click the name of the file. At the bottom of the window, click the Choose or Browse button (depending on your browser).
To upload a file you already uploaded to Canvas, click the Click here to find a file... link . The file list will expand. Click the name of the file.
You can add a comment to your group assignment submission . Comments on group assignments that are not graded individually are sent to the whole group.
If you have access to upload a file from Google Drive, you can submit a Google file by clicking the Google Drive or Google Doc tab .
Note: If you want to submit a file that was previously uploaded, the file must already be in your user files. Group files cannot be accessed through assignment submissions.
If your assignment submission includes commenting options, each member of your group is being graded individually. If you want to add a comment, type your comment in the comment box .
To send your comment to your instructor, select Send comment to instructor only.
To send your comment to your instructor and all members of your group, select Send comment to the whole group.
4. Click the Submit Assignment button.
Note: Large files submitted using the File Upload tab display a submission status indicator.
Once you submit the assignment, you can see that you turned it in. You can re-submit the assignment until the due date and time.
Your instructor may require you to submit a peer review of another student's assignment. To complete the assignment, you must review the student's assignment and add a comment in the comment sidebar.
If your instructor includes a rubric, which is a pre-determined outline of how an assignment is graded, you must assign a grade using the rubric. However, your instructor may also ask you to leave a comment in the comment sidebar.
Some peer reviews may also be anonymous, which means you cannot view the name of the student whose assignment you are reviewing. Additionally, the student cannot see your name as the reviewer when you leave a comment to complete the review.
1. In Course Navigation, click the Assignments link.
Note: You can also access your Assignments through your user or course dashboard, the Syllabus, Gradebook, Calendar, or Modules.
2. Click the title to open the assignment.
Open Assigned Review
Under Assigned Peer Reviews, you will see any peer reviews assigned to you. Click the name of the assigned peer whose work you will be reviewing. The caution sign icon  indicates the peer review has not been completed. A checkmark icon  indicates that you have completed the peer review.
Open Anonymous Peer Review
If your peer review is anonymous, you cannot see the name of the student. The name of the student will also not be shown anywhere in the assignment.
3. To download the assignment, click the name of the assignment . To preview the submission, click the View Feedback button .
Create Annotated Feedback
If the assignment supports annotated feedback, the Preview button will display as View Feedback.
To open the document with Canvas DocViewer, click the View Feedback button . You can add comments directly to the submission through DocViewer .
You can leave direct feedback on the assignment using DocViewer, but you cannot view any existing feedback submitted by another student or the instructor.
Note: In anonymous peer reviews, you cannot leave comments in DocViewer.
If the assignment has a rubric attached, you are only required to complete the attached rubric for the peer review to be considered finished. To view the rubric, click the Show Rubric link  and enter a score for each criterion in the Points column . Each rubric score will create the total points for the assignment .
When you're finished, click the Save Comment button . You may need to refresh your browser to see that you've completed the required steps for the peer review.
- Depending on how your instructor set up the rubric, it may or may not include point values. If the rubric does not include point values you will still need to fill out the rubric to complete the peer review.
- After you save the rubric, you cannot edit it to change your comments or ratings.
Add Assignment Comment
If your assignment does not include a rubric, you are required to add at least one comment. You cannot view any existing feedback submitted by another student or the instructor.
Type a comment in the comment field , leave a media comment , or attach a file . Click the Save button .
Note: When an assignment is muted, you can view peer review comments. However, instructor comments are hidden until after the assignment is unmuted.
You can find your peers' feedback for peer reviewed assignments in several places.
Note: If the peer review is anonymous, the name of the reviewer will not be included in any feedback.
View Recent Feedback
Under Recent Feedback in the sidebar of your Canvas course, you can view recent comments from peer reviewed assignments. Click the title of the assignment to view all submission details and comments.
View Submission Details Page
You can view the comment directly in the submission details page .
If your assignment is compatible with the Canvas annotations tool, Canvas DocViewer, your peers may also have left feedback directly in the assignment. To view their comments, click the View Feedback link . This is the same link where you may be able to view feedback from your instructor.
- When assignment grades are hidden, you can view peer review comments. However, instructor comments are hidden until after assignment are posted.
- When peer reviews are anonymous, you can leave submission and rubric comments, but annotated submission comments are not supported.
- For group assignments, you will see peer review comments for all reviews of your group's submission.
If your assignment includes a rubric, you can view peer review rubric assessments.
To view the rubric assessment, click the Show Rubric link .
View the peer review rubric assessment, including ratings and comments .
If your assignment was reviewed by multiple people, click the Show Assessment By drop-down menu to select other rubric assessments .
You can also view your peers' feedback on the individual assignment page. All comments from your peers will appear in the Submission box.
Note: Peer review feedback only displays on the assignment page for assignments that require an online submission.
The comment can also be viewed on your Grades page.