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

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