Self and Peer Assessments

The Blackboard Self and Peer Assessment tool allows students to review and grade their peers’ work.

The Self and Peer Assessment tool does not permit direct markup on the assignment. Students are asked to assign points to the submitted assignments and the average of these points may be recorded in the Grade Center.

How to use the Self and Peer Assessment:

  1. Students submit a “base assignment” which has a deadline date. Setting up the base assignment is very similar to setting up a regular Blackboard assignment, except that the instructor is asked to select some additional options including Evaluation Dates, whether evaluations should be anonymous, whether to allow self evaluation, whether to show evaluation results to the submitter, and the number of submissions each student should evaluate.
  2. After the assignment submission phase is complete, the evaluation phase takes place. The submitted assignments are randomly distributed to other students in the course. Only those assignments that were submitted before the beginning of the evaluation phase will be included in the evaluation process.  The instructor provides a list of questions about the assignment; evaluators are asked to allocate points and provide feedback for each question. 

Create and Edit Self and Peer Assessments 

Add Questions to Self and Peer Assessments

Preview and Evaluate Self and Peer Assessements

 View Self and Peer Assessment Submissions, Evaluations, and Results

Export and Import Self and Peer Assessments 

How Students Use the Self and Peer Assessment

NOTE: You may have to enable this tool within your course. To do this:
1. Select "control panel" then
2. "Customization" then
3. "Tool availability" and enable the checkboxes for the self and peer assessment options

Other Tools for Peer Assessment

Discussion Boards 



Gradable discussion board: A student could post their assignment as a thread in a discussion forum, then other students could post comments. Grades assigned by the instructor/grader. 

Blogs: A similar idea to the discussion board, student could post an assignment in their blog, and others could comment.

ePortfolio Assignments: Students can put their content into an ePortfolio and then share it with the class to view.

Using a Rubric with Peer Assessment on Blogs


An instructor has created a grading rubric for evaluation of student blogs. The instructor would like each student to read and grade each classmate's blog. The blogs will need to be available online and as each student signs in, they can click on the abstract, read it, then enter their review. The instructor has said that if a comment box is available, it should only be for comments back to the instructor.


Blackboard does not have ability to do the kind of detailed peer review the instructor wants. Students can leave comments on other people's discussion posts or blogs but there is nothing in blogs, or discussion boards, that will allow students to assign grades to other students. The only tool available to let students assign grades to others is the "Self and Peer Review" tool.  The normal blog tool does allow students to comment on blog posts, but doesn't provide any way for students to grade the posts. Instructors / Markers can grade blog posts and use rubrics to do this grading, but not students.

Discussion threads are a bit more flexible. The instructor can, for example, set up a discussion post so that students have to post their comment first, before they can comment on other people's posts.   The discussion forums or threads can be graded, but only by instructors or graders, not by other students.  The instructor can however select a checkbox to "Allow Members to Rate Posts" which gives the limited option of rating postings on a five star system, but those stars don't correspond to a grade in the class. Someone would still have to manually translate that 5 star system into a grade for the student.

One last type of assignment is a "portfolio assignment".  This is done by adding an assignment to the course and making it a "portfolio assignment" in the submission details. (The instructor may need to use the tool availability option to enable portfolios in the course).

1. Select "control panel" then
2. "Customization" then 
3. "Tool availability" and enable the checkboxes for the portfolio options

This is similar to a normal assignment, except the student can select "Create Portfolio" and then use Blackboard's e-portfolio tool to create the assignment submission.  The portfolio then lets students add a group of files or other artefacts to the portfolio and arrange them into a simple web page with a left-hand menu and content on the right. Others can then view the portfolio and add comments. There is no ability to evaluate on a rubric or to assign grades.