Peer feedback in PebblePad – using comments

Peer feedback is a really valuable exercise for both the giver and receiver of feedback. In PebblePad, an asset can easily be shared with another member of the class so that they can leave comments. You as the tutor will be able to see these comments, and compare previous versions of the work to see how they have been implemented. The work could be a portfolio, blog, worksheet, essay or anything else that a student can have as an asset in PebblePad.

Whatever the work is, as usual you will need to provide clear instructions. It is particularly important to include the assessment criteria so that students not only know what to include in their own work, but what to comment on when giving feedback to peers.

In addition, as students may be unfamiliar with the idea of peer feedback, you may also want to give some guidance and support around this early on. This may include:

  • How peer feedback benefits both the giver and receiver of feedback.
  • What good feedback looks like (there is a useful Guidelines for Students – Peer Review from Carleton).
  • How students can get support if they are uncomfortable with feedback they have received or need to give.

This article looks at manually sharing a workbook for comments. It is also possible to configure a workspace for peer feedback, but this is a little more complicated.

Sharing a workbook for comments

In this method, students invite other members of their class, through PebblePad, to look at and comment on their work. Their work is only seen by those they invite (plus the tutors).

It is up to you how you will arrange reviewers and reviewees: one simple way is to group students in twos or threes and ask them to review the others in their group. The reviewee will need to invite their reviewers using their UWE email addresses, so it is not possible to have anonymity using this method.

The process

  1. Student produces the first draft of their work in PebblePad.
  2. Student goes to ‘I want to…’ – ‘Share’ – ‘With people’. They can search for their appointed reviewer(s) using their first and last names and/or UWE email address.
  3. Student should tick ‘Allow recipients to leave a comment’. They can leave a personalised message to the reviewer if they wish. This may be a good place for them to highlight anything they would particularly like feedback on.
  4. Once they have sent the invitation, the reviewer will receive an email with a link to the work (clicking on the link will prompt them to log in to PebblePad if they have not already done so).
  5. The reviewer can use the Comment button in the top right of the screen. The comment box is a simple text box. They can leave as many comments as they wish.
  6. The student reads the comments and makes amendments to their work.

Here is a short video showing the process.


If the student has shared their work for assessment, you will be able to access it from ATLAS. Clicking on the ‘Comments’ button will show you any previous comments that have been written.

Comment icon

You can view previous versions of a student’s work by specifying a date in ATLAS. This can be useful if you want to see what their first draft looked like compared with the final draft to see how they implemented any comments.

Changing the date to view in PebblePad

Note this will only work if they had already shared their work for assessment at that point. If you are using an auto-submitted workbook this will happen automatically, but if students are required to share their work manually, make sure they do so before the peer review process.


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