Curriculum Resources

Introduction to Biology Write-to-Learn with Peer Feedback

In Fall 2018, 281 students in an Introductory Biology course at the University of California Santa Barbara were assigned two writing-to-learn peer learning activities in Eli Review. Faculty members Mike Wilton, Eduardo Gonzalez, and Rolf Christofferson developed the prompts initially as part of the NSF-sponsored STEMWrite Institute. They then refined the prompts as part of the UCSB Write-Learn Initiative sponsored by UCSB’s Center for Innovative Teaching, Research, and Learning (; Wilton and Gonzalez taught the course.

Students completing both peer learning activities were more likely than other students to answer the relevant exam questions accurately, resulting in a 5 point gain on the final exam.

The galleries below show the two peer feedback assignments which are also accessible as full-screen images:

Central Dogma Writing Task

Central Dogma Review Task

Meiosis Writing Task

Meiosis Review Task

For more information about the course, tasks, and results, read the complete blog post.

The Spring 2022 Eli Review Workshop Schedule is Posted! Attending a Peer Learning Workshop is a great way to learn how Eli Review works and strengthen your peer review skills! Sign up now!