- Assessment and feedback
- Hiring a student to create educational videos
- Using open-source GIS in teaching
- Automating the generation of mathematical question banks
- PeerWise: a repository for student-designed MCQs
- Using avatars in a virtual world to teach a distance-learning course
- Learning to make connections in pharmacy using Mediawiki
- SysMIC: an interactive distance learning course
- Providing graphics skills through distance learning
- Asynchronous language practice for distance learners
- Preparing students for research using virtual labs and a journal club
- Bite-sized CPD courses for dental care professionals
- Internationalisation of the curriculum and global citizenship
- Key skills and PPD
- Large-group teaching
- Object-based learning
- Peer-assisted learning
- Peer observation of teaching
- Personal tutoring
- Problem-based learning
- Research-based learning
- Small-group teaching
- Teaching administration
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PeerWise: a repository for student-designed MCQs
7 August 2013
Stefanie Anyadi, Sam Green and Kevin Tang discuss how PeerWise fared when it was piloted on a Linguistics module.
What is PeerWise?
PeerWise is a free learning tool which allows students to design their own multiple-choice questions (MCQs), add them to the repository and then learn using questions uploaded by their peers.
How it worked in the pilot
The use of PeerWise was piloted on one Linguistics module in 2011/12 and extended to further modules in 2012/13. We divided students into small groups and asked them to work together while submitting questions and answers individually. This worked well with our pilot cohort but students can also work individually. We found that using PeerWise had many benefits:
- Performance in PeerWise correlated with exam marks
- Active and constant student engagement
- Use as a revision tool
- High-quality and creative questions with detailed explanations
- Use of media: sounds and images
- Supports peer interactions
PeerWise assigns a score to all participants, and this score can be used to contribute to overall module assessment. Using work on PeerWise for a small contribution to the overall module assessment can increase student motivation and commitment. The total PeerWise score is composed of individual scores for question writing, answering questions and rating existing questions. To increase the total score, one needs to achieve good scores for each component by
- Writing relevant, high-quality questions with well-thought-out alternatives and clear explanations
- Answering questions thoughtfully
- Rating questions fairly and leaving constructive feedback
- Using PeerWise early, as the score increases over time based on the contribution history
Information and support
PeerWise is free of charge and used by universities across the world. PeerWise is an external service and is not supported by UCL, although in our experience the support provided by the creators is excellent. Please check that it is suitable for your purpose before using it. There are some guidelines, soon to be updated, for using Web2.0 services on the ISD website (UCL staff only; password-protected).
Setting up a course via the PeerWise website is straightforward. Once set up, the system requires monitoring but not extensive intervention.
See below for presentations and guides for use.
- PeerWise website
- PeerWise admin guide (a PDF user guide for system administrators by Sam Green and Kevin Tang)
- An introduction to PeerWise (PowerPoint presentation for students by Sam Green and Kevin Tang)
- Sample questions (PDF by Sam Green and Kevin Tang)
- Video presentation on the PeerWise project in Linguistics (UCL staff only; password-protected)
- Find out more about e-learning at UCL
- For discipline-specific advice on how you could design a similar project, contact one of the CALT School-Facing Teaching Fellows
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