Student generated content for enhanced engagement and learning

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Workshop presentation given at the Physics Higher Education Conference 2011, held at the University of Lancaster 8-9 Sept 2011

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Student generated content for enhanced engagement and learning

  1. 1. Physics Education Research The University of Edinburgh Student generated content forenhanced engagement and learning PHEC 8-9 Sept 2011, Lancaster UK. 1
  2. 2. Physics Education Research The University of Edinburgh Edinburgh, Scotland The University of Edinburgh 5th July, 2010 PeerWise bridging the gap between online learning and social mediaPaul DennyDepartment of Computer ScienceThe University of AucklandNew Zealand http://peerwise.cs.auckland.ac.nz/
  3. 3. Physics Education Research The University of EdinburghIntro and overview of PeerWiseGroup-based question creation session(Break)Groups answer questions createdResults of pilot implementation at Edinburgh 2010-11 3
  4. 4. Physics Education Research The University of Edinburgh overview 4
  5. 5. Physics Education Research The University of Edinburgh Student familiarity with Web 2.0The energy and Student creativity of a requests for large class more problems
  6. 6. Physics Education Research The University of Edinburgh•  Web-based MCQ repository built by students•  Students: –  develop new questions with associated explanations –  answer existing questions and rate them for quality and difficulty –  take part in discussions –  can follow other authors
  7. 7. Physics Education Research The University of Edinburgh•  2007-Summer 2010 –  45 institutions –  260 courses –  20661 students have contributed –  57324 questions have been written –  1527574 answers have been submitted
  8. 8. Physics Education Research The University of Edinburgh•  To date –  140 institutions –  879 courses –  47719 students have contributed –  164503 questions have been written –  3879994 answers have been submitted
  9. 9. Physics Education Research The University of EdinburghWhat we did in our course(s) 9
  10. 10. Physics Education Research The University of EdinburghPeerWise was introduced in workshop sessions in Week 5Students worked throughstructured introductory activitiesGrunge Prowkers test available from www.uwe.ac.uk/elearning/examples/mcq.pdf 10
  11. 11. Physics Education Research The University of EdinburghPeerWise was introduced in workshop sessions in Week 5Students worked throughstructured example taskand devised own Qsin groups. 11
  12. 12. Physics Education Research The University of Edinburgh 12
  13. 13. Physics Education Research The University of EdinburghIn S1, an assessment was set for the end of Week 6:Minimum requirements:•  Write one question•  Answer 5•  Comment on & rate 3Contributed ~3% to course assessment 13
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  15. 15. Physics Education Research The University of EdinburghWe were deliberatelyhands off.•  No moderation•  No corrections•  No interventions at allBut we did observe….. 15
  16. 16. Physics Education Research The University of EdinburghYour turn•  Assemble into themed groups (eg mechanics, e&m, quantum, data handling, thermal)•  Create some questions….. 16
  17. 17. Physics Education Research The University of EdinburghWhat we found engagement, examples, effects 17
  18. 18. Physics Education Research The University of Edinburgh It’s just a gimmick….. 18
  19. 19. Physics Education Research The University of EdinburghUptake for in-course assessment Workshop Live Due training(class size of~200)350 questionsin total~3500 answers~2000 comments 19
  20. 20. Physics Education Research The University of Edinburgh They’ll put in nonsense & irrelevant questions…. 20
  21. 21. Physics Education Research The University of Edinburgh 21
  22. 22. Physics Education Research The University of EdinburghQuality of submissions:•  Average quality was very good•  Few trivial questions / nonsense distracters•  ‘Community moderation’ discouraged sub-par questions 22
  23. 23. Physics Education Research The University of Edinburgh The questions will be poor quality… rote learning, factual recall blah blah blah….. 23
  24. 24. Physics Education Research The University of Edinburgh 24
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  26. 26. Physics Education Research The University of Edinburgh The science will be all wrong…… 26
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  28. 28. Physics Education Research The University of EdinburghPerceptionsWe sought student feedback both in ‘wash-up’ sessions after the assessment and in the end of course questionnaire 28
  29. 29. Physics Education Research The University of EdinburghPositives 29
  30. 30. Physics Education Research The University of EdinburghPositives 30
  31. 31. Physics Education Research The University of EdinburghNegatives 31
  32. 32. Physics Education Research The University of Edinburgh … but they’ll lose interest after a while…. 32
  33. 33. Physics Education Research The University of EdinburghMid-semester deadline
  34. 34. Physics Education Research The University of EdinburghEnd-of-semester deadline
  35. 35. Physics Education Research The University of Edinburgh … but you can’t prove that greater use correlates with performance…. 35
  36. 36. Physics Education Research The University of Edinburgh Low PeerWise Activity High PeerWise Activity
  37. 37. Physics Education Research The University of EdinburghMatched Pairs: Scottish, male, non-majors 1 2 3 4 5 6PW LPAactivity X MPA X MPA LPA No authPWmark X 23 X 23 14 14CW 70 71 48 50 62 67Exam 56 69 49 54 40 34Grade B A D C D Fail
  38. 38. Physics Education Research The University of EdinburghTake-homes:•  Provide orientation task•  Set the quality bar very high•  Force yourself to be hands-off•  Set an assessment task•  Leave the deadline as late as you can•  Assessment is quality-based but light-load (no direct marking required)•  Unleash the creativity of your students! 38
  39. 39. Physics Education Research The University of EdinburghAcknowledgements:We gratefully acknowledge departmental development project grant support from the Higher Education Academy UK Physical Sciences Centre. ross.galloway@ed.ac.uk http://bit.ly/EdPER
  40. 40. Physics Education Research The University of EdinburghNow under way:•  JISC Assessment and Feedback research project: Student Generated Content for Learning (SGC4L)Forthcoming HEA funding opportunities:Volunteer partner institutions needed

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