Scaffolding student engagement via online peer learning

M. M. Casey*, S. P. Bates, K. W. Galloway, R. K. Galloway, J. A. Hardy, A. E. Kay, P. Kirsop, H. A. McQueen

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Abstract / Description of output

We describe one aspect of a UK inter-institutional project wherein an online tool was used to support student generation of multiple choice questions. Across three universities and in five modules in physics, chemistry and biology, we introduced the PeerWise online system as a summative assessment tool in our classes, the desire being to increase student engagement, academic attainment and level of cognitive challenge. Engagement with the system was high with many students exceeding the minimum requirements set out in the assessment criteria. We explore the nature of student engagement and describe a working model to enable high-impact student-learning and academic gain with minimal instructor intervention.

Original languageEnglish
Article number045002
Number of pages9
JournalEuropean Journal of Physics
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2014

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • student-generated content
  • scaffolding
  • peer learning
  • PeerWise
  • engagement


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