There are three distinct tasks in creating a Self and Peer Assessment. Task 1 is to create a blank assessment canvas and set the assessment's properties. Task 2 is to create the questions for the assessment. Task 3 is to add the necessary criteria to each question.


Task 1 - create the assessment and set its properties

  1. Choose the content area of the Blackboard course where the assessment will appear.
  2. Make sure that you are in Edit Mode (upper right hand corner of your screen).
  3. Click the Assessments button and then choose Self and Peer Assessment.
  4. In the Created New or Import section, choose New.
  5. In the Assessment Information section:
    1. Provide a Name for the assessment.
    2. Type instructions for the assessment for your students.
    3. Choose Start and End Dates for your student's submissions.

      NOTE: For the the assessment to work properly, you must set these dates. No evaluations can take place until after the Submission End Date has passed.
  6. In the Self and Peer Evaluation Options section:
    1. Set the Evaluation Dates.

      NOTE: For the the assessment to work properly, you must set these dates.
    2. If you wish to allow evaluations to be made anonymously, set Allow Anonymous Evaluation to Yes.
    3. If this is to be a self assessment, set Allow Self Evaluation to Yes.
    4. If students are allowed to see the evaluations of their work made by other students, set Show Evaluation Results to Submitter to Yes.
    5. Set the Number of Submissions to Evaluate (the number of evaluations of other's work that each student must make). The default is 2.
  7. In the Options section:
    1. Choose whether to Make the assessment available. Set this value to Yes if you want the students to see it.
    2. Determine if you wish to Track the number of views. Set this value to Yes if you wish to track.
    3. Choose date restrictions on when the assessment may be viewed. Unlike the other date items on this page, you do not have to choose dates. If no dates are chosen, then the assessment is visible to students at all times, even if they cannot take it or evaluate submission.
NOTE: If you would like to edit these properties at a later time you may do so by clicking on the grey arrows chevron.jpg, choosing Edit, and then choosing Properties.


Task 2 - create the questions with which the students will submit their assessment for evaluation

  1. You will be brought directly to the Assessment Canvas.
  2. Add a question either by creating a new one or reusing one from another Self and Peer Assessment.
  3. To Create a question:
    1. Click Create Question
    2. Type a question in the Question Text box. This may be quite long and include embedded images, audio, or video. All Self-and-Peer-Assessment questions are open ended by definition
    3. Optionally, you may provide a model response. This is shown to students only in the evaluation portion of the tool (i.e., after they have submitted their responses and the submission period has expired).
    4. Choose to make the model response available or not.
    5. Click Submit.
  4. To Reuse a question:
    1. Type keywords into the Search for Questions search box at the top of the Assessment Canvas and click Go. This searches the text of each question.
    2. To see the full text of the questions returned by the search, click the Expand button above the question. (Click Collapse to return to the normal view.)
    3. Check the boxes next to each question you wish to include.
    4. Click OK.
NOTE: If you would like to edit these questions at a later time (before the students have completed anything) you may do so by clicking on the grey arrows chevron.jpg, choosing Edit, and then choosing Assessment Canvas.
Suggestion: You may wish for the students to simple upload a paper to be evaluated. In that case we suggest phrasing Question 1 as "Please upload your paper here."


Task 3 - create the criteria with which the students will use in evaluating their own or others work.

Criteria normally consist of a question and instructions on how to evaluate and assign points. For instance, in response to the question "In which kinds of citations do you need to include the dates on which the materials were accessed?" one criterion might be:

  • Give yourself two points if you wrote that web or online entries should be cited with the date of access, but that books and journal articles do not generally require this.
  • Give yourself one point if you wrote that web or online entries should be cited with the date of access, but that books and journal articles never require this.

The other type of criteria is the Word Count Criteria. This automatically assigns points based on a Recommended Word Count with an amount of variation specified by the instructor.

Questions may have as many different criteria as desired.

To Create a new criterion:

  1. In the Assessment Canvas, choose a question and click the gray arrows chevron.jpg to expand the options, and then choose Criteria.
  2. Click the Create Criteria or the Word Count Criteria button.
  3. Adjust or write the text of the criteria. This should include both a specific question and an explanation of how to assign points based on what is present or absent in the response being evaluated.
  4. Adjust or assign Points Possible. The default is 2.
  5. Decide whether the points should be assigned as either All or Nothing or if you will allow Partial Credit. Click the button next to your selection.
  6. Determine whether or not to Allow Feedback to User. Click the button next to your selection.
  7. Click Submit.

To Add an existing criterion:

  1. Click the Search for Criteria button (right hand side)
  2. Type keywords into the search box and click Go. This searches the text of the criterion. Note that this will return criteria from other Self and Peer Assessments.
  3. To see the full text of the returned criteria, click View Details. (Click Hide Details to return to normal view.)
  4. Check the boxes next to each criterion you wish to include.
  5. Click Submit.