Students learn by coming up their own test questions, writes Annie Murphy Paul on her “affirmative testing” blog.
PeerWise, a free program now in use at 700+ colleges and universities worldwide, lets students construct multiple-choice questions (with answers), then share with classmates who “rate the questions according to quality and level of difficulty.”
The “processes of generating, answering and rating” the test questions “encourage self-reflection and the development of communication and problem-solving skills as well as boosting subject knowledge,” observes an article about PeerWise in the publication Education in Chemistry.
Creating multiple-choice questions “involves complex thinking and reasoning,” writes Paul. “I see student-generated test questions as a natural extension of affirmative testing: using tests as occasions for student learning and growth.”
Students say authoring questions is more valuable than answering them, adds Paul Denny. When student-authored questions track course material, scores go up.