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Can Student Generated Content Enhance Engagement and Learning in Physics?
  Location: SS Ballroom DE
  Date: Monday, Aug.1
  Time: 8:30 AM -9:00 AM
  Author: Simon Bates, The University of Edinburgh
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  Co-Author(s): Ross K. Galloway , Karon McBride
  Abstract: We describe a pilot study undertaken in a first-year physics class at the University of Edinburgh, in which students were tasked with creating their own assessment content in the form of multiple- choice questions. Using the PeerWise online system, a regular homework assignment was substituted for one in which students were required to author at least one original question, answer five others contributed by their peers, and rate and comment on a further three. The question repository was not moderated during the assignment, with tutors merely observing. The talk will discuss the scaffolding we provided for students in order to help them create questions and illustrate examples of engagement with the task and the exceptionally high quality of questions and comments provided by the student community. We also present correlations of degree of engagement with the task with end-of-course assessment performance.
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