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Embedding retrieval practice in undergraduate biochemistry teaching using PeerWise

Tanya Higgins, Ed Dudley, Owen Bodger Orcid Logo, Phil Newton Orcid Logo, Nigel Francis Orcid Logo

Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Education

Swansea University Authors: Ed Dudley, Owen Bodger Orcid Logo, Phil Newton Orcid Logo

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DOI (Published version): 10.1002/bmb.21799

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Retrieval practice is an evidence-based approach to teaching; here, we evaluate the use of PeerWise for embedding retrieval practice into summative assessment. PeerWise allows anonymous authoring, sharing, answering, rating, and feedback on peer-authored multiple choice questions. PeerWise was embed...

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Published in: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Education
ISSN: 1470-8175 1539-3429
Published: Wiley
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URI: https://cronfa.swan.ac.uk/Record/cronfa64950
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Abstract: Retrieval practice is an evidence-based approach to teaching; here, we evaluate the use of PeerWise for embedding retrieval practice into summative assessment. PeerWise allows anonymous authoring, sharing, answering, rating, and feedback on peer-authored multiple choice questions. PeerWise was embedded as a summative assessment in a large first-year introductory biochemistry module. Engagement with five aspects of the tool was evaluated against student performance in coursework, exam, and overall module outcome. Results indicated a weak-to-moderate positive but significant correlation between engagement with PeerWise and assessment performance. Student feedback showed PeerWise had a polarizing effect; the majority recognized the benefits as a learning and revision tool, but a minority strongly disliked it, complaining of a lack of academic moderation and irrelevant questions unrelated to the module. PeerWise can be considered a helpful learning tool for some students and a means of embedding retrieval practice into summative assessment.
Keywords: Collaborative learning, higher education, learning communities, multiple choice questions, PeerWise, retrieval practice
College: Faculty of Medicine, Health and Life Sciences