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Abstract Title: PeerWise: student-generated content for enhanced engagement, learning and assessment
Abstract: PeerWise is a free, online system that allows student groups to author, share, answer, rate and comment on student-generated multiple choice questions. It incorporates social functionality common to many Web2.0 applications, and features robust peer-assessment of the quality and usefulness of student submissions. We have piloted the use of PeerWise in first year physics courses at the University of Edinburgh in the 2010-11 session as part of the in-course assessment. We have found that the general standard of student submissions has been high, reaching truly outstanding quality in the best cases. Use of the system has produced enhanced student engagement with course material outside class hours and is correlated with enhanced performance on the end of course examination for the majority of students.  PeerWise seems well-suited to providing effective peer feedback and assessment, enhancing the sense of community in the class, and unleashing untapped creative potential in the students.
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Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Ross Galloway
University of Edinburgh
James Clerk Maxwell Building
King's Buildings
Edinburgh, EH9 3JZ
Co-Author(s)
and Co-Presenter(s)
Simon Bates, University of Edinburgh
Karon McBride, University of Edinburgh