Group Critiques


Group critique refers to a method of analysis in which a group of people critique a work, project, or assignment and give feedback to the creator. In a classroom, groups can be given a rubric to aid them in the critique process or the critique can be based solely on opinion, as is traditional with writing workshop critiques.

Application to All Courses


  • Allows the instructor to see what learning has already occurred on the part of the student(s).
  • Allows the instructor to view the growth of the student over a period of time.

Communication and Feedback

  • Encourages positive communication skills among students.
  • Gives formative feedback that allows the student to revise a project or assignment.
  • Gives the creator alternative opinions, viewpoints, or ideas.
  • Feedback from groups of peers can be perceived as richer and can be more readily accepted than instructor feedback.
  • Allows the student to try out ideas on an audience prior to finishing a project or assignment.
  • Encourages students to critically view their own and others’ works.

Getting Started

  • Create the assignment.
  • Create a set of guidelines for acceptable behavior in the group.
    • What is an acceptable level of participation?
    • How will students be held accountable for their participation?
    • What is considered acceptable and meaningful feedback?
  • If applicable, create a rubric or other tool to guide the feedback.
    • Are there specific items the group should critique?
    • Do the critiques need to be based on evidence or are the critiques based on opinion?
    • Are point values assigned to the critique?
  • Assign students to a group to begin the group critique.

The following tools may be used to facilitate a group critique in a synchronous environment:

The following tools may be used to facilitate a group critique in an asynchronous environment:

Additional Resources

For additional information on group work visit:

For information on similar tools visit:

Accessibility Statement

Keep accessibility in mind as you develop course content and build assignments and assessments. Many online tools are not fully accessible, so it’s important to think about how you will make the assignment accessible if requested. The Disability Resource Center and the UF Accessibility page will guide you in making appropriate accommodations. You can also find out more about accessibility at our toolbox page on Accessibility in the Online Classroom.

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