If you're a student, see Walkthrough for Students to learn what your workflow would be like in this project.


Here's a real-life example of NowComment in the classroom:

John Alexander uses NowComment so that his students can upload and peer-review drafts of their final papers.

Then he takes advantage of the mutli-doc report feature to quickly grade their feedback to each other.

For Instructors

If you're an instructor, here are instructions on how to manage a peer review assignment in NowComment.

  1. Set up NowComment in a UVaCollab site
  2. Log in to NowComment from UVaCollab
  3. Create a multi-doc report to grade the assignment

1. Set up NowComment in a UVaCollab site

To get the most out of using NowComment in the classroom, we recommend that you add NowComment to your UVaCollab class site.

First, log into UVaCollab. Click your class button to open the class site in which you want to use NowComment.

The class site will open. Click the Site Info button in the left sidebar menu to add NowComment to your class site.

On the "Site Info" page, click the Edit Tools tab in the horizontal toolbar.

Once you're on the "Site Tools" page, find NowComment in the "General" tools list. Note that the tools are in alphabetical order.

Select the box next to NowComment.

Click Continue at the bottom of the page.

Click Finish to confirm that you're adding NowComment to your class site.


2. Log in to NowComment from UVaCollab

Log in to UVaCollab (if you're not already).

Open the class site to which you added NowComment.

Once you're in the class site, click the Nowcomment button in the left sidebar menu.

On the NowComment page in your UVaCollab class site, find the "Documents" section.

If you've just now added NowComment to your UVaCollab site, no documents will be listed in the "Documents" section. In the bottom right of this section, click the link “Browse Documents on NowComment.com" to log in to NowComment from the UVaCollab class site.

On the class group's homepage in NowComment, find a list of your students' names under the “Members” section.

Your students can now upload and peer review drafts of their final papers in NowComment.

3. Create a multi-doc report to grade the assignment

After your students have shared and peer reviewed drafts of their papers, you can grade their comments in NowComment.

On the class group's homepage in NowComment, find the library inbox–a table that shows the documents that have been uploaded to the class group.

From any row in the table, hover over the "Options" menu in the last column. Click Multi-Doc Report from the "Options" drop-down menu .

On the "Multi-Doc Report" page, find the "Documents" section. This section lists documents that you have uploaded and that others have shared with you.

Check the boxes next to the names of your students' drafts.

In the “Dates” section, type in "Start" and "End" dates to filter comments made in that date range. You can also leave these fields blank to show comments from any date.

In the "Sort order" section, choose a way to sort your students' comments. For example, if you choose "First Name," comments will be sorted by your students' first names.

In the “Grouping” section, choose an way to group your students' comments. If you want to group comments by document, select the circle next to "Group comments by document." This option makes it easier to see the commentary made on each document. If you want to group comments by student, select the circle next to "Do not group comments by document."

Once you've finished filling out these sections, click Create Report to grade your students' comments.

Here is what the multi-doc report would look like:


The multi-doc report makes it easy for you to grade within NowComment. The multi-doc report allows you to:

  • quickly see the total number of comments made on your students' drafts
  • easily read the comments each student made on their classmates' drafts
  • note the date each comment was written
  • print or download a copy of the comments


This walkthrough has gone over how to use NowComment for peer review. See our step-by-step guides for more information on how to use NowComment.

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