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Educational Technology Resources at Bryn Mawr College

Find out about educational technologies available to members of the Bryn Mawr College community.

Moodle Options

The Workshop activity module in Moodle allows students to submit their own assignments (images, documents, other files, or text) and download their peers' submissions to review them. The instructor can define an assessment form, provide an example submission & corresponding assessment for students to reference. This feature supports multiple types of assessment rubrics, peer grading, a combination of peer/instructor grading, and rating of student assessments. Automation features make it particularly useful for recurring peer review exercises.


Serendip Studio

Serendip Studio is a homegrown "digital ecosystem" that provides an open, relatively freeform space to nuture intellectual collaboration & dialogue across times and spaces. In this case, "peer review" would take the form of more open-ended blog comments on student posts, and could involve people outside of a course. If you are interested in using Serendip Studio for your course, use the Contact Us link on the site to send an e-mail to the site manager.


Online Peer Review with Serendip Example- Alice Lesnick, "Community" Peer Review on Serendip:

For a project in which students were developing a digitally published handbook on extra-classroom teaching & learning, Alice thought it would be helpful if students could get feedback from field practitioners as well as peers. Students posted their ideas & drafts to a Serendip blog, and then invited teachers and other educational leaders they knew to read the materials and offer feedback via blog comments. The final manual incorporated many of these community suggestions and was also published on Serendip, remaining available to commentors, alumnae of the course, and the general public as a resource.

Classroom Salon

Classroom Salon allows students to upload and discuss texts in such a way that their questions and comments are visibly tied to particular points in the text. You can guide this discussion by creating "tags" that students can use to mark particular issues or elements in a text -- for example, "thesis" or "passive voice," and by posting questions for students to answer, citing example passages from the text.

The current version of Classroom Salon currently accepts only text or video uploads, and is best for peer review of lengthy text assignments that use parenthetical bibliographic references and do not require much special formatting (i.e., heavy use of mathematical or chemical formulas) or footnotes, endnotes, images, or special formatting (which can get lost when text is uploaded). PDF file capabilities are currently being developed, so this limitation will hopefully go away soon.


VoiceThread was designed more for online collaboration than peer-editing, but has several features that might make it useful for peer review in certain circumstances.

  1. VoiceThread enables students to share assignments involving multiple types of media elements (text, audio recordings, video, images), and displays those elements in a manner that is easier to view as a whole onscreen (compared to say, Moodle Workshop, where students submit downloadable files).
  2. It allows users to record voice and video comments, as well as text comments. Comments are embedded in the shared elements and threaded in much the same way that Classroom Salon comments are.

For more information, see our full VoiceThread guide.

Need Help with Online Peer Review?

For more information about other available tools for online peer review, contact:

Jennifer Spohrer
Manager of Educational

Technology Services