Exercise: Peer Editing/Review

Summary of Example Activity

Students swap assignments with a collaborating class and review and/or edit the work of one or more other students.

Learning Outcomes

Students will be able to:

  • Identify the important concepts found in other student work.
  • Explore how course topics are differently understood and experienced.
  • Demonstrate critical thought about other student work.
  • Develop online intercultural communication skills.
  • Provide constructive feedback to others about their work.
  • Explore how the main concepts from the class are differently understood and experienced (more pronounced if the students have different training or experience).

Materials and Data Needed

Students will need to prepare for the session by completing an assignment that can be swapped for review. Students will also need to be provided with examples of peer-reviewed work as a model.

Technology Needed

Email and access to a word processing system are the only required resources necessary to complete the activity. Instructors might also choose to use peer-reviewing software.

Estimated Time

The assignment requires no class time. Each assigned review would take students from one to two hours to carefully read another student’s assignment and provide comments or a review.


  1. Students complete a written assignment and are given information about how to peer review and edit. Ideally students are given an example of peer reviewing so that they know the expectations for the assignment.
  2. Students are assigned a student or student(s) from another class whose work they will read and review. Students are either provided with email contact information, or given access to peer review software where they can exchange work. This should be done at least 1 week in advance to ensure that all students have the required hardware and software to participate and to allow time to troubleshoot any problems students may have with access.
  3. Students read and review their peers’ work from the collaborating class within an assigned time frame.
  4. Students receive their work with comments and edits from other peers.