Implementing PeerWise to engage students in collaborative learning.

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PeerWise is a free-to-use online collaborative tool where students create and share multiple choice questions relevant to their course of study. Students may answer, rate and comment on questions set by peers and follow authors who make high quality contributions. As students interact with PeerWise they build up a reputation score and earn badges thus providing an incentive for engagement in the activity. PeerWise was used for the first time at Ulster University in 2013/14 in a year one Biochemistry module with 195 students enrolled. By the end of the teaching period 2,411 questions had been created by 194 out of the 195 students on the module; 28,239 answers had been provided and 9,275 comments posted evidencing a high level of engagement. Module feedback indicated that students appreciated PeerWise as a revision tool and some requested its use be extended to other modules of study.(Note that this abstract is provided only for information here, it was not included in the final published article).
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)89-96
JournalPerspectives on Practice and Pedagogy
Publication statusPublished (in print/issue) - Dec 2015


  • PeerWise
  • peer learning
  • biochemistry
  • student engagement
  • collaboration
  • online learning


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