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PeerWise supports students in the creation, sharing, evaluation and discussion of assessment questions.

What is PeerWise?
Students use PeerWise to create and to explain their understanding of course related assessment questions, and to answer and discuss questions created by their peers.
Any subject
PeerWise is used in a wide range of subjects, including Anthropology, Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Physics, Population Health, Pharmacology, Medicine, and many more...
Free and easy to use
PeerWise is free and very easy to use. Students are presented with a simple, intuitive interface and instructors can easily view student content and monitor participation.
Find out more
Want to get started? View student and instructor guides, watch screencasts of PeerWise in action, and hear what students and instructors think in the Information about PeerWise section.

"I just wanted to say thank you for PeerWise! We've just finished using it in a class with 400 very diverse students and the outcome was excellent. The students loved the site and using it vastly improved their understanding of the material covered in class. The only down side was complaints from other staff members that students were not attending to their work in other subjects because they were 'playing' with PeerWise on their mobile devices. Oh, and now we are getting complaints from students who want to know why we aren't using Peerwise in all of our subjects. Great work! "

Dr. Pauleen Bennett
Associate Professor of Psychology
La Trobe University, Australia

"As well as using PeerWise with my own students in Physics, in my role as Dean of Learning and Teaching I am able to promote effective tools such as PeerWise to take forward the aims of our learning and teaching enhancement strategy. All too often such strategies have grand visions and wise words that leave academic staff at the coalface wondering "All very well, but what can I actually do with my students to deliver this?" PeerWise represents an effective, easy to use tool that instructors can readily appreciate the educational benefits of using."

Prof. Simon Bates
Professor of Physics
University of British Columbia, Canada

"PeerWise is a terrific tool for encouraging students to "own their own learning" in a sharing and supportive environment. Posing good, thoughtful questions with supporting explanations is an excellent application of critical thinking skills.

Similarly, answering questions and offering comments offers opportunities to improve one's communication and self-reflection abilities. MAKING multiple-choice tests requires a much higher level of understanding then simply TAKING them!"

Dr. Mark White
Associate Professor of Commerce
University of Virginia, USA
PeerWise on Twitter (April 2014)

Why use PeerWise?

PeerWise is very simple to use. A new PeerWise repository, accessible by your students, can be created in less than a minute. PeerWise complements existing teaching materials and course organisation, and can help to establish a learning community in your class incorporating collaborative learning and peer tutoring,

Ask...  Challenging students to author their own assessment questions requires them to focus on the important concepts and learning outcomes of a course. Developing effective alternatives encourages students to reflect on possible misconceptions, and explaining the answer to a question in their own words reinforces understanding.
Share...  All student-authored questions, answers and explanations are shared with the class, and can be filtered in a number of ways including by course topic, by quality or difficulty ratings, and by popularity. Students can also discover good questions by following authors who have contributed questions they find useful.
Learn...  Students receive immediate feedback when answering questions, including a summary of previously submitted answers. Answered questions can be evaluated for quality and difficulty, and associated discussion threads enable peer-dialogue around each question. Students can request help from their peers, and can improve question explanations.

Join us!

PeerWise is free to use - if you would like to use PeerWise in a class you are teaching and are ready to get started, please request an instructor account. If you are a student, your instructor will have sent you a link to help you get started.

Instructors / teachers

A PeerWise instructor account will allow you to create your own courses and manage student access. If you would like to use PeerWise in a class you are teaching, simply request an account to get started!
Students

Your instructor or teacher will create a course on PeerWise for you, and will send you a link to get started. Simply follow the link you have been given, or you can choose your institution/school from the list provided.

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More than 700 Universities, schools and technical institutes from around the world are using PeerWise. Configure your course so that your students work with each other or collaborate with students studying similar courses at other institutions.

"I could hardly wait to get home from work in the evenings and log onto Peerwise. I found a renewed interest in gaining knowledge and it was great to be challenged, gaining those badges and seeing my points grow while learning! A big thank you to [the lecturer] for including Peerwise into this course."

Distance education student
Central Queensland University, Australia

Learn more

Additional information about PeerWise, for both instructors and students, is available in the Information about PeerWise section. Please feel free to browse around!

Ask the community!

The PeerWise Community is a "community of practice" resource designed to support and develop the community of teachers and instructors using PeerWise in their teaching. You are warmly invited to join the conversation!
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We would love to hear from you! If you would like to find out more about PeerWise, or if you have any questions, please contact us directly:


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