Posted on Monday, 12 August 2013 at 9am
by Stephen Maw. See more of my posts here.
In my role as the Lifelong Learning Centre Biology Tutor, I am keen to keep up with the latest in Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL) especially when a piece of technology that captures my interest and/or promises tangible benefits for relatively little investment. This year I decided to give PeerWise a go. I’d heard good things about it and as the official blurb states: “PeerWise is an online repository of multiple-choice questions that are created, answered, rated and discussed by student” I thought it would be ideal for my Biology students.
As both a concept and piece of software it didn’t disappoint. It is genuinely straightforward to use. I kept things simple and asked the students to create 4 Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs) and rate 6 others. They received a mark for each question and rating. (Prior to that they had been given a session on how to write MCQs.)
All the students on the course managed the task. Naturally there was a range in the quality of MCQs produced and some were excellent. Equally interesting to me were the other benefits, the group was self regulating, pointing out errors or how a question may be improved. Additionally, I saw evidence of students sharing information that I know I hadn’t given in lectures or tutorials. As one student said “it forced me to look at the whole course”. Job done!