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The peerScholar peer assessment tool targets meta-cognitive thought processes, even in very large class contexts. Developed by Professor, Steve Joordens and Ph. D. Student Dwayne Pare at the University of Toronto Scarborough, the tool is designed to allow students to think critically and creatively, to be analytic, and to communicate their thoughts clearly through peer assessment. peerScholar is available for use in Learning Portal courses.

Assessment Strategies to Enhance Learning

peerScholar is intended to be used based on documented pedagogy. If you have an interest in using the tool for administrative purposes (e.g., to create groups) please contact Professor Steve Joordens directly at for more information.

Additional Resources:
Peer Assessment Strategies in Large Classes
Assignment Rationale - Sample Student Assignment

peerScholar Knowledge Base
peerScholar How-To Videos

Browser Compatibility
peerScholar cannot be used with Internet Explorer, please use either Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, or Safari browsers.

The Student Preview tool in the Portal may not fully display content for peerScholar.


Grading and peerScholar

For peerScholar at U of T, Instructors or TAs must provide the final grades on peerScholar assignments, not students.  These final grades may be informed by peer feedback and must be interpreted by an expert grader in combination with other pedagogical factors that are relevant (e.g., the quality of peer comments, etc).  This approach allows the evidence-based pedagogical benefits of peer-assessment to be harnessed in a way that is consistent with current institutional labour practices.


What is peerScholar (1:22 mins)?


The video below provides a demonstration for instuctors about peerScholar (13:57 mins).


peerScholar in the Portal:

Add peerScholar to your Portal Course

Create a peerScholar Assignment

Edit a peerScholar Assignment

Showing or Hiding an Assignment

Delete a peerScholar Assignment

peerScholar Grade Import