Teaching resources. Using web-based discussion forums as a model of the peer-review process and a tool for assessment

Sci Signal. 2008;1(9):tr2. doi: 10.1126/stke.19tr2.


This Teaching Resource describes how to use an online asynchronous discussion as a mechanism to introduce students to the peer-review process, as well as to assess student performance and understanding. This method was applied to a graduate course on signal transduction and the Teaching Resource includes a syllabus, detailed plan for incorporating the online discussion, sample journal club questions, and sample student responses to the discussion forum, faculty responses, and student revisions.

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Biology / education*
  • Biology / methods
  • Computer-Assisted Instruction*
  • Curriculum*
  • Education, Distance*
  • Faculty
  • Humans
  • Online Systems
  • Peer Review
  • Signal Transduction
  • Software
  • Students
  • Teaching*
  • User-Computer Interface