The instructor review activity allows instructors to review learners and learner submissions.

How it works

The easiest way to add instructor reviewing to your course is by using the pre-made Instructor review flow.

An instructor review flow contains 3 different activities:

  1. Submission activity

  2. Instructor review activity

  3. Feedback reflection

You can modify the instructor review flow to match with your use-case. Here's a few examples:

Reviewing learners without submissions

If you wish to give feedback to learners, but don't need them to submit an assignment, you can go to the instructor review activity and toggle on Allow instructors to review learners without a submission in the activity settings.

Keep feedback private for learners

If you don't want learners to see the instructor review, you can either hide or complete remove the feedback reflection activity. That way, learners will never see the reviews made in the instructor review activity.


The instructor review activity will complete when learners have received feedback from an instructor. So it is essentially the instructor that completes the activity on behalf of learners.

How to set it up

  1. To add a new instructor review activity to your course, select 'add activities & flows'.

  2. Select the toggle that says 'show advanced activities & flows'.

  3. Alternatively, you can also add our instructor review flow to your course, this is the quickest way to add a complete learning flow to your course. This flow consists of a submission, instructor review, and feedback reflection activity.

  4. Give your instructor review activity a title and a description.

  5. We generally recommend to hide the instructor review activity from learners - because they don't need to take any action here. So in this case the title and description will only be visible by you and other instructors in the course.

  6. Make sure to specify the right submission activity as source for the instructor review activity. You will review the work of this submission activity.

  7. Under instructor review settings you can decide if instructors should be allowed to review learners that don't have a submission in the submission activity.

  8. Under feedback rubric you can edit the rubric that is used for giving the reviews. You can read more about feedback rubrics here.

  9. If you want your learners to see and reflect on their received feedback, make sure to connect a feedback reflection activity to the instructor review activity.

  10. To learn more about the different set-up options you can find in the settings tab of the instructor review activity, please have a look at this article here.

Common questions about the instructor review activity

  • Where do my learners see the feedback I gave them?
    Learners can find the feedback they received from you in a reflection activity. If the instructor review does not connect to a reflection activity, learners won't be able to see their received feedback. But don't worry, you can add the reflection activity at any time! Read more about the reflection activity here.

  • My learners already submitted. Can I still give them feedback?
    Definitely! You can add the instructor review activity to your course at any time.

    In the video below we show you how you can add an instructor review + reflection activity into an already existing peer review workflow. We generally recommend to hide the instructor review activity from learners, since they don't need to take any action in this activity themselves.

  • How does subsets work for instructor review?
    You can open up the instructor review activity for only a subset of your learners (read more about subsetting here). This means that only the learners who are assigned to the instructor review activity will be able to receive instructor feedback. We recommend to use the same subset rules for the feedback reflection activity that is connected to the instructor review. This makes sure that only the learners who received instructor feedback are able to interact with the feedback reflection activity.

  • How do prerequisites work for instructor review?
    If learners need to fulfil certain requirements (prerequisites) before they should receive an instructor review, you can set up the instructor review activity with prerequisites. With the help of prerequisites you can select which activity learners have to complete first before they are able to receive feedback from instructors.

  • How do deadlines work for instructor review?
    Generally we recommend to hide the instructor review activity, since learners don't need to take any action in this activity. For that same reason, adding open dates or deadlines to the instructor review activity is not per se necessary. Of course, if you want to show your learners that they will be receiving feedback from you, you can decide to make the instructor review activity visible. Simply add an open date plus deadline if you are planning to give feedback in a certain time frame.

  • Can I publish my instructor feedback for all learners at the same time?
    If you want all learners to be able to see their feedback at the same day and/or time, just add an open date to the reflection activity. On the open date of the reflection activity, all learners (who fulfilled prior requirements) are able to reflect on their feedback at the same time. If you also add a deadline learners are able to reflect on their received feedback until the deadline has passed.

  • Is the feedback from instructors anonymous?
    No, feedback from instructors is not anonymous. Learners will be able to see the first name of the instructors (that they are registered with in Eduflow).

  • Can I give anonymous instructor reviews?

    In the instructor review activity settings, you can toggle on anonymity. This will anonymise learner names on the list of learners to review, the review interface and the download of all submissions. Note, however, that it will not anonymise the Results page. It will always be possible to find out who the learner is that has received feedback. This feature is only meant to help remove bias from reviewing, but cannot be seen as a bulletproof way of securing anonymity when reviewing.

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