Students as Examiners: Crowd-sourced exam preparation


Visiting Scholar Seminar

Start Date

9th Nov 2017 3:30pm

End Date

9th Nov 2017 5:00pm


Video conference rooms: Newnham: A221c; Hobart: Hytten Hall 325; Cradle Coast: A119

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presented by

paul denny

Paul Denny

Senior lecturer in Computer Science at the University of Auckland

In many classrooms, students expend significant effort preparing to be examined. Self-testing, by answering practice questions, is popular with many students and is known to be effective. However, large repositories of practice questions are not always readily available and can be very time consuming for instructors to create. So what happens when students generate their own practice questions, targeting the material they are learning, and contribute them to a shared repository where they can be answered, rated and discussed by their peers? This talk will answer that question, and report on some of the practical challenges and measurable benefits, by drawing upon data from the popular PeerWise tool that hosts more than three million student-generated questions. As an online tool, Peerwise offers particular potential for encouraging peer interaction in our online delivery and we encourage you to come along and hear about its pedagogical strengths and the opportunities it provides.

About the presenter

Paul Denny is a senior lecturer in Computer Science at the University of Auckland. His interests include developing and evaluating technologies for supporting collaborative learning, particularly involving student-generated resources, and for exploring ways to motivate students to engage within online learning environments. He created PeerWise to help students author, share and discuss course-related assessment questions. In 2009 PeerWise won the Australasian Association for Engineering Education Award for innovation in curricula, learning and teaching. Paul is a recipient of the National Tertiary Teaching Excellence Award (2009) and the Computing Research and Education Association of Australasia Teaching Award (2010).

Newnham attendees: Please join us for afternoon tea in the Sir Raymond Ferrall Centre from 3.30pm