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FeedbackFruits pilot

FeedbackFruits supports these learning types (see definitions):

FeedbackFruits is integrated with Canvas. It provides a suite of tools designed to enhance student engagement, interaction and feedback, and improve collaboration, discussion and critical thinking. Tools encompass peer feedback, group assignments, interactive video and discussion forums.

Getting started

FeedbackFruits has now been added to the University’s Canvas Production environment and the pilot is ongoing until the end of Semester One 2024 and a multi-year license is being negotiated.

Which tool do I use?: Which tool fits best for my course? What are the differences of the tools?

How to add FeedbackFruits in Canvas? After choosing the tool that best fits, teacher can now add and create a FeedbackFruits activity from scratch into courses.

Navigate to your course’s Assignments area and create a new Canvas Assignment; select External Tool followed by FeedbackFruits. Choose the relevant FeedbackFruits tool from the list in the FeedbackFruits menu.

As FeedbackFruits is fully integrated to Canvas, you do not need to manually create groups in the FeedbackFruits activity. The groups, when created in Canvas, will automatically be synced with FeedbackFruits, allowing you to choose and select the groups/sections that are participating in the activity.

Similar to groups, grades and deadlines are also directly synced to the Canvas grade book and calendar. Therefore, you do not need to manually create additional deadlines or have to manually enter grades.

Access to Teams channel

University of Auckland staff can request access to the FeedbackFruits trial Teams channel where support and drop-ins is provided by FeedbackFruits staff.

Contact Steve Leichtweis, Head of eLearning Group:



Help and support

Help center provides basics of FeedbackFruits and how to get started which directly accessible through the in-tool support chat.

FeedbackFruits setup manual

‘Tool Setting Explanation’ offers options on available settings on functionalities such as manual allocations, setting up feedback criteria, anonymity settings, grade configuration, etc.

Frequently asked questions includes how to keep track of student activity, how do you see the allocations, how to re-use and/or copy activities, how to make adjustments to created assignments, etc.

Types of assignment tools

FeedbackFruits is an extensive suite of assignment tools that provide students with opportunities to give and receive feedback, and work collaboratively on a range of assessment activities. Peer Review and Group Member Evaluation replace what Aropä and TeamMates do and that is where most staff have existing assessments.


Peer Review Assignment

If there is submission involved, whether it’s asking students to submit a draft paper, a video recording or a PowerPoint presentation, Peer Review Assignment would be the tool to offer the submission option. Peer Review Assignments are an opportunity for students to receive and give feedback through the review of artefacts and events, including essays, posters, videos, presentations, performances and professional practices. Instructors create the review structure, providing evaluation criteria with options of ratings and text responses, choosing the number of self and peer reviews to be completed, and timings. Reviews can be based on individual or group submissions. Students can also be assessed on several components of the activity, including participation, scores awarded by reviewers and number of comments. The relative weightings of these components are chosen by the instructor.

How-to guides:

The FeedbackFruits’ YouTube channel provides playlist specifically for Peer Review covering a quick guide on setting up a Peer Review activity, use cases and student perspective as well as practices from other institutions.

Additional guiding videos can be found on specific tool configurations such as collaboration option, setting up rubrics and setting up anonymity.

Watch demo videos that highlight how the Peer Feedback tools work:


Assignment Review

Assignment Review supports the submission of assignments of any file type, and facilitates discussion between student and marker(s). The tool provides an additional assignment submission option compared to the default submission in Canvas. Students can submit documents, video, audio and image files and be assessed against a rubric or marking scheme. Where this differs from Canvas is the scaffolding of feedback review. Each comment provided by the marker can initialise a discussion thread between teacher and student within the FeedbackFruits environment. Students can also be prompted to write an assessed or non-assessed reflection on their work and/or feedback. FeedbackFruits Assignment Review also allows markers to anchor feedback to specific timestamps in video and audio submissions.

View guides on how to use and set up Assignment review.


Interactive Document, Interactive Audio and Interactive Video

Interactive Document, Interactive Audio and Interactive Video Assignments structure the process of analysing, discussing and reviewing written documents, audio files or podcasts, and videos. The tool provides an opportunity for students to work collaboratively in reviewing a document, audio recording or video. Teachers can scaffold the activity by placing discussion points, and posing open response or multiple-choice questions, at strategic points throughout the document, audio file or video. Students can also be given the opportunity to start their own discussions or to pose their own questions. Grades can be awarded for participation, number of responses, and answers to open response and multiple-choice questions. Note that the answers to open response questions are assessed by the student and not automatically marked by FeedbackFruits.

View guides on how to use and set up Interactive document/audio/video.

Note: Only copyright compliant materials can be used with FeedbackFruits Interactive Document/Audio/Video. See the University of Auckland copyright for teaching for instructions on how to determine if a resource can be used for teaching materials. Some resources, such as YouTube videos, can be linked to and do not need downloading or uploading.


Skill Review

Skill Review supports the assessment and feedback of work that does not require a submission, for example an in-class presentation or practical skills. The tool provides a similar experience to the ‘no submission’ assignment in Canvas. Teachers provide feedback to students via written comments, rubrics or marking scales. Skill review can be used for assessing and providing feedback on oral presentations, technical skills and other in-class activities. Skill review can also facilitate a discussion between teacher and student on the feedback provided.

View guides on how to set up and use Skill review.


Group Member Evaluation

The Group Member Evaluation Assignment structures the process of students giving feedback about other group members. The tool focuses on assessing peer collaboration and the process of the work with no submission step. Students can reflect on the group experience and provide confidential feedback to staff, addressing the performance and contributions of individual members, including a self-evaluation. Instructors create the review structure and assign to particular group or all groups within a course in Canvas. Students can receive marks for participation, writing a set number of comments, writing a reflection and reviewing feedback. Group member evaluation assignments can also be used for peer review activities when no document submission step is required.

How-to guides:

  • View guides on how to use and set up a Group member evaluation. This step-by-step guide run through setting up your first Group Member Evaluation activity as well as how the activity will look like from the student perspective.
  • Further information on particular features such as Detect Outliers and Group Contribution Grading is also available to provide more insight on how these features work and how to enable them.
  • Beta features such as Automated Feedback Coach that is specifically available for Group Member Evaluation aims to provide students with real-time tips on their feedback to their peers. If you’re interested in testing and utilizing this feature, please reach out to FeedbackFruits support and they can enable it individually for teachers.

In the FeedbackFruits’ youtube channel, you will find a playlist specifically for Group Member Evaluation covering a quick guide on setting up a Group Member Evaluation activity, use cases and student perspective as well as practices from other institutions.
Additional guiding videos can be found on specific tool configurations such as Detect outliers, setting up rubrics and setting up anonymity.Watch demo video that highlight how Group Member Evaluation tools work.


Self-Assessment of Work and Self-Assessment of Skills

Self-Assessment of Work and Self-Assessment of Skills structure reflection activities on student work, and self-assessment or self-grading activities. Note that most other FeedbackFruits tools also offer pre and/or post activity reflection steps. The former tool can be used where a document is to be submitted (for example an essay, report, podcast or video), while the latter tool can be used when no file is required (for example, for an oral presentation, technical skill or work placement). Teachers can provide students with marking rubrics or marking scales, or simply require a written reflection. Teachers can also add their own feedback.

View guides on how to set up Self-Assessment of Work and Self-Assessment of Skills.



Comprehension facilitates reading, watching and listening tasks by providing structured prompts for students to respond to. In Comprehension activities the teacher provides a resource for students to read, watch or listen to, and a list of topics for students to address. Comprehension activities can be used for annotated bibliographies, thematic analysis, reflections on a resource, or to provide scaffolding or guidance for reading and watching tasks. There are also a small number of grading options available.

View guides on how to set up and use Comprehension.


Discussion Assignment

Discussion activities facilitate and structure student-student interactions using submitted student work as discussion prompts. Discussion activities can be used for activities where discussion, incorporating a peer review step is desired, for example for virtual conference poster or oral presentations, essay draft reviews or regular blog posts following the discussion of a piece of student work. Discussion Assignment is an assessment tool. Discussion forums in Canvas or other integrated technologies are more suitable for open discussions, and question and answer forums.

View guides on how to use and set up a Discussion Assignment.

Page updated 12/02/2024 (minor edit)

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