PeerWise is an application where instructors have students create questions related to a course and then answer, rate, and comment on questions submitted by their peers. By generating, answering, and evaluating questions, students build a better understanding of subject matter.
How do I get started?
To ensure PeerWise is an effective method of learning for students, it is important to teach the students how to create and analyze good questions. The better questions the students learn to write the more they will hopefully learn.
Good questions are not easy to write. PeerWise questions are comprised of three components:
- Question: Should be an original question that the students make up. There are three types of questions: easy, challenging, and beyond the scope of their knowledge. Have students aim to ask questions just above their level of knowledge.
- Answer choices: Should be in the same form (example: same units, same number of decimals, all equation, etc.) and contain common misconceptions students are likely to struggle with. It's also important to make sure students double-check the question itself does not give away the correct answer.
- Explanation: Should be a full solution to the question asked. It is also good for students to include explanations for why the other choices are incorrect.
All of these need to be strong in order to make a good question that will score well on PeerWise.
There is a PeerWise community section where you can find more information about PeerWise, including publications, resources, and additional information.
What support is available?
PeerWise is an externally-hosted tool. Documentation and primary support are available through the PeerWise site. Limited additional support is provided by the Learning Technology Hub and individual instructional support units.