Using Student-Generated Content and Peer Support to Enhance Student Engagement and Learning

Higher Education Group

University of Manchester
Conference Room A/B, 2nd Floor, Schuster Building
16 May 2012

The aim of this meeting is to share good practice with regard to ways in which students can be encouraged to take ownership of their learning and how students can learn by working with their peers. 

There is evidence which suggests that students’ learning can be more effective when there is peer to peer interaction. Several peer-assisted learning techniques will be showcased and their effectiveness will be discussed in terms of the benefits to both the learners and also to their mentors. 

The workshop will also cover examples of student generated content such as the development of MCQ assessments and the writing of lab practicals. 

The invited speakers aim to give attendees the benefit of their experience of institutional and departmental programmes, and the student perspective will also be included. There will be opportunity for discussion with practitioners.

Reporting on the meeting (PDF, 172 KB)


10:30 -10:50Arrival and Coffee
10:50 - 10:55Welcome, Marion Birch, University of Manchester
10:55 -11:25Peer Assisted Study Sessions (PASS) (PDF, 239 KB) – The University of Manchester’s Approach, Marcia Ody and Maggy Fostier, University of Manchester
11:25 -11:50What happens when you let students write their own MCQ assessments: (PDF, 4 MB) a case study using Peerwise, Simon Bates, University of Edinburgh
11:50 -12:15Student generated content and peer review in the laboratory setting, (PDF, 1 MB) Chris Dewdney, University of Portsmouth
12:15 -12:45Stimulating authentic learning experiences through Student Generated Content: An analysis of Irish undergraduate physics students, (PDF, 294 KB) Jennifer Johnston, University of Limerick

   Lunch and networking

13:45 -14:10Three Case Studies in Student Generated Physics Learning Content, (PDF, 339 KB) Sam Nolan, University of Durham
14:10 -14:30Peer to peer tutorials – broadening the skills of undergraduate physicists. (PDF, 204 KB) Peter Sneddon, University of Glasgow
14:30 -14:50Using Peer-Assisted learning in Maths and Physics in HE in Sweden and Russia (PDF, 339 KB), Elena Luchinskaya, Lancaster University
14:50 -15:10Students asking for more work? Surely not! (PDF, 728 KB) - Radio survey of the Milky Way, Samuel Richards and Glen Rees, University of Hertfordshire
15:10 -15:30Tea / Coffee break
15:30 -16:15The Colorado Learning Assistant Program: transforming undergraduate education, and K12 Teacher recruitment and preparation in Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (PDF, 2 MB), Noah Finkelstein, University of Colorado, Boulder via video link.