Canvas Peer Review: Key Differences from Moodle Workshop

The University switched to using Canvas from Moodle as its LMS software in Fall 2019. The information in this section will be helpful to users that remember the previous tool.  This is a temporary article that will be removed in 2020.  This information was gathered during a Canvas Investigation meeting of academic technologists held in February 2019.

Key Differences

Canvas Peer review is different from Moodle Workshop :

  • Canvas does not allow students to complete a self assessment. Work around:
  • Moodle had phases for each part of the review process, so students and instructors were locked into that phase. Canvas does not have phases for each part of the process so:
    • Canvas can easily accept late work.
    • Instructors can manually assign or change peer reviews (instructions) before work is submitted or after it is submitted late.
  • Canvas only has one due date - the date the original submission is due. Moodle could set due dates for submissions and reviews. Possible work arounds include:
  • Unlike Moodle, Canvas does not automatically calculate average grades based on students' peer review scores and insert that grade into the gradebook. 
    • Instructors have manually calculate and enter a score after viewing the assignment and reviews in Speedgrader.
  • Moodle Workshop could be set up to have a score for evaluating the quality of reviews, and could even calculate a score. Canvas does not do either of those things.  Possible work around:
    • Create an assignment for review quality with no submission
    • In the peer review assignment, view all reviews and note quality of each for each student
    • Determine a score based on the reviews
    • Enter those scores in the review quality assignment.