Dr Paul Denny

Associate Professor
School of Computer Science
The University of Auckland
New Zealand

PeerWise is an award-winning, free web-based tool that instructors can use to support collaborative student learning across a wide range of disciplines. PeerWise presents students with a repository of multiple-choice questions and provides instant feedback in response to student answers. Each question has an associated discussion thread in which students can debate their answers and explain their understanding of the related concepts. All of the questions in the repository are authored by students, as authoring assessment questions has been shown to be an effective learning activity. To create a relevant question and to explain the answer to that question in their own words, a student must effectively process and organise course material, and a growing body of evidence supports the inclusion of student authored questions in the learning process.

Researchers around the world are using PeerWise data to better understand how student-generated resources can aid learning. An up to date list of these publications is available.

PeerWise received the QS Reimagine Education Overall Award, as well as the Gold Award in the ICT Tools for Learning and Teaching category, in 2019 - awards contested by 1184 projects from 39 countries.

PeerWise is used in a wide variety of subjects, and students often exhibit tremendous creativity in the content they publish. View a set of example questions generated by students from several subjects.

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