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PW-C is one year old

October 10, 2013 in Announcements, Talking point

It was a year ago today that we launched the PeerWise-Community site: we are officially one! :)

We now have over 300 users registered on the sites, and have had nearly 5,000 unique visitors request 26,000 individual pages.

In terms of location of visitors to the site, we’ve welcomed viewers from all inhabited continents, with the UK topping the country list with nearly 1/3 of all visits. Not bad for an (allegedly) small and irrelevant island (not my words, you understand….)  The USA, Canada, New Zealand and Australia follow for the rest of the top 5 visitor countries. Approximately half of all traffic over the last year was from returning users, who had previously visited the site.

There’s a huge amount of data that Google Analytics gives you, that can consume vast amounts of time drilling into! But one of the more surprising things to me was that the vast majority of all accesses (over 80%) still come from desktop / laptop devices rather than tablet or mobile. And also, after the home page and the registration page, it turns out that publication page was the one most frequently consulted.

If any members have suggestions for things they would like to see in year 2 on the site, please add comments below!


Sample Coursework Instructions & Marking Regime

October 10, 2012 in Announcements, Use cases

This year I’m on my 3rd year of using Peerwise to teach & evaluate students taking my Underground Construction course.  The students have to set 5 questions for their peers and have to solve 25 set by their peers.  I award 5% of the module assessment for setting (good!) questions and 5% for answering questions.  Last year our Malaysia campus joined in with our UK campus with a common Peerwise coursework (so the students couldn’t easily tell whether they were answering questions from another continent).  This year our China campus should join in.  The big benefit for me is speed of assessment – I can mark about 60 students an hour (provided I choose my on-line time OK !).  The big benefit for the students is that they enjoy it!

I have posted sample coursework instructions and my notes to markers in the Resources section of this site.  If you have any queries, I’ll do my best to answer them.


October 2, 2012 in Announcements

Welcome to this online community for instructors using PeerWise in support of their teaching!

Please take some time to explore what we’ve assembled here: you’ll find a space for discussion of ideas or issues in the Forum section, a chance to (virtually!) meet the other members of the community, a selection of resource videos about PeerWise that you may find useful. Additionally, there’s a collection of links to published material that either discuss implementations of PeerWise in various classes, or are relevant to the pedagogy of student-generated content.

Finally, probably the most important thing that you can do is… contribute! To post to the community and to be able to add resources, you’ll need to be registered, but that only takes a minute or two of your time.We’ve all kinds of plans for how we can get the community discussing various aspects of their use of PeerWise, and we’ll post details of these in due course. For now, come on in, have a look around and make yourself at home!

Welcome again

PeerWise-Community admins

Paul Denny, University of Auckland

Ross Galloway, Judy Hardy, Keith Brunton, University of Edinburgh

Simon Bates, University of British Columbia