We will be using PeerWise as a place for you to create, share and evaluate questions with others in the course.
Students and teachers from the University of Auckland talk about their experiences using PeerWise.
Paul Denny first developed PeerWise in Auckland in 2007, and I first started using it in units in 2010. It is widely used around the world, including Australia, and especially in the northern hemisphere, across a wide range of disciplines.
PeerWise is designed to be used each week throughout the course.
Each week, PeerWise will support you to read the Study Guide (that’s right each week), write multiple choice questions from your reading (including explanations for your solutions), answer others questions and rate others questions. You can also comment on people’s questions, and people can then comment on your comments and so on.
You should aim to write at least 2-3 questions each week and answer (and rate) 20 – 30 questions each week.
It is a big advantage in PeerWise to start early in the course – and to write high quality questions (and solutions).
Typically, on average, people will write about 25-30 questions during the course and answer/rate about 250-300 questions. Some people will do much more; and others less.
Start by visiting PeerWise here: PeerWise
If you have not used PeerWise before, please click the “Registration” link and follow the prompts. All you need to do is choose a user name and a password for your PeerWise account. Here is a video (from a Physics 1A course at the University of Edinburgh) to help you with the process.
Here is some further help with getting started on PeerWise.
If you have used PeerWise before, simply log in and then select “Join course” from the Home menu. You will need to follow the information provided on Moodle (in the PeerWise folder in the top centre section) in order to access our course this term, which includes the Course ID for PeerWise this term.
Here are some tips on how to:
- create questions
- edit questions (in response to feedback from others)
- include images and videos in questions
- search for questions (great idea to search for questions based on topics and also to follow people who write high quality questions and explanations)
PeerWise supports us to interact and collaborate with others in our course, wherever we are in Australia.
And remember, when we are writing questions and explanations, and commenting on others questions, we are contributing to our learning community in our course, where our contribution is available to everyone in our course.