Online Peer Review Using Turnitin PeerMark

Mimi Li
Texas A&M University–Commerce

Published in 2018



Online peer review has been increasingly implemented in composition and second
language classes. This article reports on a pedagogical practice in which students
used the Turnitin PeerMark tool to conduct peer response in a first-year writing
class. In this study, students drew on multiple PeerMark functions (i.e., commenting tools, composition marks, and PeerMark questions) and provided feedback on
their peers’ summary and response papers. In addition to students’ positive attitude toward the use of PeerMark revealed in the interviews, analyses of archived
PeerMark records suggest that students provided constructive feedback in multiple
aspects and that the majority of peer comments were later incorporated into students’ revisions through different ways. This report expects to encourage teachers
to implement peer review using Turnitin in their classrooms and further explore
the role of technologies for peer feedback.