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ComPAIR is a peer assessment and feedback application in which students first answer an assignment and then compare and respond to pairs of peer answers. For each pair, students pick the answer they think better meets instructor-set criteria (e.g., “Which is better articulated?”, “Which is more accurate?”) and write feedback to each peer.

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Getting started How do I get started?

Watch a 4-minute introduction video on ComPAIR:

Read more about ComPAIR:

  • Support site - See the workflow, explore examples, and learn about best practices
  • Demo site - Try out the instructor and student experiences

Faculty and staff at UBC can most easily get started with ComPAIR by using Canvas. Through Canvas, you can set up a course in ComPAIR that will automatically be populated with your class list. The setup process is guided and only takes a few minutes.

How do I get started?

To use ComPAIR with Canvas, create a link to ComPAIR and access ComPAIR through Canvas (Step 1 below).

If you wish to use grades from each ComPAIR assignment, create a unique ComPAIR assignment link (Step 2 below) in Canvas for each assignment.

Note that because of how Canvas currently works, students MUST follow the ComPAIR link from your Canvas course to initially register in your ComPAIR course. They cannot go to the ComPAIR website directly and try to log in there first; this will result in being denied access to ComPAIR and/or your ComPAIR course.

If you would like to use ComPAIR independently of Canvas, please contact the LT Hub for assistance.

Step 1 - Add a link to ComPAIR via a Canvas Assignment:

  1. In your Canvas course, go to the Assignments area.
  2. Press the + Assignment button.
  3. Enter an Assignment Name such as "ComPAIR link"
  4. Scroll down to Submission Type.
  5. Select External Tool from the drop-down menu.
  6. Next to Enter or find an External Tool URL, click Find. Note: If you skip this step and manually enter a URL without using the "Find" function, ComPAIR will not sync with Canvas.
  7. Select ComPAIR.
  8. Select "Load in a new tab."
  9. Click Select.
  10. Click on Save. Note: You do not need to publish this assignment.

After the course link is set up in Canvas, click on the link to create your ComPAIR course. (This step is required to properly link your Canvas and ComPAIR courses together.) If you are a completely new user in ComPAIR, you will first be prompted to create an account and then a course.

Step 2 - Create a ComPAIR assignment link:

Once you have set up a ComPAIR course and assignments, you can link directly to ComPAIR assignments from Canvas. This is required if you want to enable automatic grade pass-back from ComPAIR assignments to Canvas. Note that every student will need to click this Canvas link to the ComPAIR assignment once. Clicking the link opens up the Canvas-ComPAIR connection for that student's grade.

To create an assignment link in Canvas:

  1. Go to the ComPAIR assignment you want to link to.
  2. Click on Edit Assignment.
  3. Click "Copy?" at the top right of the edit assignment screen. This will copy the information you need to enter in Canvas.
  4. Now switch to Canvas and add an assignment, with a submission type of external tool and ComPAIR selected as the external tool.
  5. At the end of the "External Tool URL" field, type a question mark (?), then paste the value you copied from ComPAIR. This will mean the "External Tool URL" will ultimately something look like this:********
  6. Select "Load This Tool In A New Tab".
  7. Save the assignment. When students click on the assignment in Canvas, it will take them directly to the assignment in ComPAIR.

Linking a manually created ComPAIR course with Canvas

If you have manually created your ComPAIR course directly on the ComPAIR site instead of through Canvas, you can establish a link between the two:

  1. Follow Step 1 from above
  2. Click on the ComPAIR link
  3. Select the ComPAIR course to link with your Canvas course

What tools can I use with this?

ComPAIR courses are most easily created with Canvas, but after setup, you can use the tool inside or outside of Canvas. However, if using Canvas for your setup, students must go through Canvas to access ComPAIR initially in order to properly register in your course.

Available support What support is available?

ComPAIR is being developed by UBC's Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology, with an active working group anyone using the tool is welcome to join. Support is provided by the Learning Technology Hub and individual instructional support units.

Frequently asked questions FAQ

Answers to frequently asked questions from instructor, student, and technical perspectives are available on the support site FAQ.