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Embedding retrieval practice in undergraduate biochemistry teaching using PeerWise

Higgins, Tanya, Dudley, Ed, Bodger, Owen, Newton, Phil and Francis, Nigel ORCID: 2024. Embedding retrieval practice in undergraduate biochemistry teaching using PeerWise. Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Education 52 (2) , pp. 156-164. 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 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.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Biosciences
Additional Information: License information from Publisher: LICENSE 1: URL:
Publisher: Wiley
ISSN: 1470-8175
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 7 November 2023
Date of Acceptance: 22 October 2023
Last Modified: 07 May 2024 14:54

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