Virtual Peer Review

Teaching and Learning about Writing in Online Environments

By Lee-Ann Kastman Breuch

Subjects: Composition And Rhetoric Studies, Education, Computers
Paperback : 9780791460504, 197 pages, April 2004
Hardcover : 9780791460498, 197 pages, April 2004

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1. Virtual Peer Review as "Remediation"

2. Characteristics of Virtual Peer Review

3. Virtual Peer Review as Abnormal Discourse

4. Challenges of Virtual Peer Review

5. Virtual Peer Review and Technological Flexibility

6. Implications of Virtual Peer Review for the Writing Classroom and Beyond

Appendix A: Peer Review and Technology Instructions

Appendix B: Consent Form


Works Cited


Offers a thorough look at peer review in virtual environments.


In a reassessment of peer review practices, Lee-Ann Kastman Breuch explores how computer technology changes our understanding of this activity. She defines "virtual peer review" as the use of computer technology to exchange and respond to one another's writing in order to improve it. Arguing that peer review goes through a remediation when conducted in virtual environments, the author suggests that virtual peer review highlights a unique intersection of social theories of language and technological literacy.

Lee-Ann Kastman Breuch is Assistant Professor of Rhetoric at the University of Minnesota at Twin Cities.