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What are your best quiz making methods?
Tammy Keilman
I'm trying to use the built in quiz feature and have found that a.) any more than six very poignant questions (3 different topics with 2 variants apiece) is the best for me. Any more than that and it seems the results are not a good indicator of what they know, especially when it's a "3 correct and you're done" approach . b.) I also like to have at least two questions with pictures and have found this works great for assessing their understanding of things such as basic vocab. My students are new to sophia and are finding out right away they can't NOT pay attention to the notes and expect to do well on the quiz. Writing the notes isn't enough. They need to be engaged. Any other suggestions or tips you have found?
Jan. 28, 2014 at 7:10 pm
I have tried to keep each tutorial focused on one topic. I then link several tutorials together into a playlist. I then create 5 to six questions that demonstrate several levels. Two are lower order recognition questions. Two or three are calculation based word problems. The last is critical thinking/problem solving for the concept.
I teach High School Chemistry and have received very positive feedback from my students in the first few weeks that I have adopted this platform for my classroom.
I post the playlists on Monday and students have until Sunday at 11:00pm complete playlist quizzes. I then pull their scores Monday morning so I know what I need to review for the week and how to adapt the in class activities to address student needs.
Feb. 27, 2014 at 11:59 am
carolyn fruin
Brian, thanks for the summary of how you're utilizing the tool. I really like that idea of a week long timeline. The students can build it into evening homework sessions and schedule study time know the deadline.

I'd be curious if you wouldn't mind putting together a quick post on how you set things up and how it works with your students. We'd love to share your idea in our School of Thought blog. Couple hundred words might help others streamline their process as well.
Feb. 27, 2014 at 2:19 pm
Parmanand Jagnandan
Hello Tammy,
I like to add at least 1 word problem at the end of the quiz to help students see how the information they are learning can be applied to a real world application. I think this is easier to do in math/sciences, but gauging your students interests and then coming up with a problem should be a good approach regardless of the subject.

You may even spend a few minutes in class developing part of the problem to peak students' interest and then direct them and solve the problem in the quiz. Whether they solve it or not, the hope is to provoke a good conversation.
Feb. 04, 2014 at 10:57 am
Tammy Keilman
I do, too, Parmanand! Great idea about an attention grabber, too.
Feb. 27, 2014 at 5:37 pm

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