PebblePad: Peer evaluations and assessment Student-Centred Activity - read, consider and design

Last updated on 21/02/2020

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Are you wanting to run an assessment piece where students evaluate their peers' work?

PebblePad: Peer evaluations and assessment

You do? Great! PebblePad can assist you in providing your students with a secure online space to review and assess each other’s work.

How can PebblePad support Peer Review and Assessment?

PebblePad offers a number of exciting benefits for both student and teaching teams, as well as contributing to institutional goals.

Benefits for students include the ability to...

  • Learn from each other by seeing other examples of work
  • Broaden their knowledge by being exposed to differing fields within their discipline
  • Deepening their critical analysis skills while also being reflective and constructive
  • Developing the ability to be more objective when critiquing and reviewing their own work
  • Deepening connections within their cohorts by sharing constructive peer review experiences
  • Deepening their understanding of the assessment criteria by providing feedback to others
  • Higher quality final submissions due to repeated opportunities for feedback over the length of the assessment

Benefits for the teaching team include the ability to...

  • Have a mechanism to effectively capture peer review and assessment opportunities
  • Be able to set up peer assessment spaces with a variety of parameters (ie anonymity or specific groups for review) 
  • Ability to design peer assessment tasks that provide students with meaningful feedback
  • Ability to introduce students to using rubrics with peer assessment
  • Feedback is given from varying sources without adding to teaching team marking time.
  • Final submissions are of a higher quality because students have received feedback multiple times throughout the trimester.   
  • Students become adept at problem-solving for each other, minimising queries throughout the trimester.

Benefits for the institution...

  • The ability to encourage authentic assessment and active learning based on peer feedback which aligns with workplace learning
  • Assists students to develop Graduate Attributes including improving critical judgement and being effective communicators and collaborators
  • Assists students to develop and practice transferable skills such as digital literacy, collaboration and teamwork, honing communication skills, developing interpersonal skills when delivering feedback to peers and potentially learning how to manage or avoid conflict.

Examples of PebblePad in Action Peer Review and Assessment

The following are real-life Griffith examples of academics using PebblePad to enhance the Peer Review and Assessment process for students.


  • Does this Peer Assessment form part of the final marks?
  • Do students need to see each other’s feedback or is all feedback only visible to the receiving student?
  • Is the feedback going to be anonymous?
  • Will students be using a rubric or feedback template to give peer feedback or marks?
  • Do students need to find their own students to review or will they review each other in pre-determined groups?
  • Will students have the ability to release the feedback to each other immediately or will comments be moderated before release?
  • Would you like to provide a set of pre-written comments for students to use in giving feedback?
  • Is there a minimum/maximum number of times that each student will give/receive feedback?

Learning More...

Programmatic Approaches...

Consider collaborating with the Program Director and other Course Convenors to implement a Program-wide approach to the use of PebblePad. While this is not necessary, PebblePad allows students to access the content and activities over the length of their program.

Conducting Research...

Consider conducting research related to your use of PebblePad for publication in discipline-specific journals or those with a higher education focus.


Contact your school's Learning and Teaching Consultants.

Self-help user guides and videos are available at on Griffith’s PebblePad Help site.

Pebblepad (Fact sheet). Getting Started with VLE tools and the Course Design Standards.

Pebblepad (Module). Getting Started with VLE tools and the Course Design Standards.

For technical support using PebblePad at Griffith, contact the IT Support Centre ( or x55555).


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