Effective Use of Quizzes in Moodle

Posted: March 29, 2010 in effective use, moodle, moodle staff development, pedagogic, quizzes, types



Moodle quiz  module is an effective and powerful tool for assessing and diagnosing a students performance and in a course enhancing way.
Create quizzes that assess your learning goals, differentiate by creating questions that test knowledge, understanding, application, analysis. (Blooms Taxonomy ).

Use multi-choice questions to quickly assess students, but remember to include plausible answers that are often misconceptions, for example which of the following are glacial depositional features, drumlins or roche moutonnees…… multi-choice with more than one answer pushes the students more than single multi-choice options, eg identify which of the following are glacial erosional features……..

Quizzes are an effective method of assessing learning that can be implemented as a plenary activity to assess initial knowledge or understanding of a topic, a midpoint through a topic and most commonly as an end assessment.

A well structured quiz will assess the learning objectives and give relevant feedback, and allows a lecturer to assess levels of comprehension, knowledge, analysis, and ability to evaluate.

How can you use Moodle quizzes?

Review of Text:-

Assessing or checking text, for example if you give students a homework task to read a particular chapter in a book, how could you assess/check a student as done this? You could do this by in class discussion but if your students are like me they could slip under the radar by keeping their heads down in a discussion. But by including a quiz that checks for certain aspects/markers in the book this allows you as a teacher to assess and monitor if the task was completed. This encourages the students to read the text and allows you to assess what students found confusing and finally allows you to give effective feedback.

Mini Test:-

a quick check of learning after a subject, I use this quite often to assess learning of a topic area students have worked through in a lesson, a 5 to 10 minute test at the end of the lesson(remember to assess learning objectives); I often project the results up in the grade sheet; students become quite competitive to see who completes it first and achieves highest mark. This encourages students to actively participate in learning and allows lecturer to see where students are confused and again can lead into effective feedback by reviewing answers in class, individually or as group feedback.

Comprehension exercise:-

Embed a section of text, maybe a newspaper article or video and relate the quiz questions to this, creating questions that assess comprehension/understanding, (remember to differentiate), include questions that require a breadth of knowledge outside the specific text eg how is this related to ………..?

Student Quiz Creation:-

One activity I have done is to have student create quiz questions, if you do this you will need to either allow students access to moodle quiz module? Or have student e-mail the questions and (after vetting) place them on Moodle , also get the students to create question feedback. This is effective as it makes students comprehend and dissect the subject, first to create the questions, the answers and finally feedback, and when done in groups allows for collaborative learning. (In the mean time it gives you a nice bank of questions.)

Short Answer questions:-

Short-Answer questions require a student to respond to a question by typing a word or short phrase, requiring the students to supply an answer, rather than selecting or guessing from options supplied, thus removing some of the bias from the question. This form of the questions is familiar to students and they feel less anxious in examination situations. (http://www.iml.uts.edu.au/assessment/types/short_answer/index.html )

Multi-media quizzes:-

Using multi-media in quizzes to enrich your quiz by including audio or video clips into the body of the question. Questions can vary in response- from one word or several lines to over a page and include forms such as complete the sentence, supply the missing line, problems and exercises in science-based subjects, short descriptive or qualitative answers.

Students respond to information differently, thus, it is often to our advantage as teachers to use many different formats and modes to teach the subject matter of a lesson and also in assessing. Multimedia keep students alert and focused.
It may be an important part of the subject for example language course, music or Sport education for example:-

• Recognise audio excerpts corresponding to text, images, or videos (for example, in music or language courses students have to identify a melody from a music sheet excerpt, or the correct pronunciation of a given text)

• Recognize video scenes (for example, corresponding to a certain dialogue, gestural conversation, and so on)

Adding multimedia to the question body is fairly easy because we can use the HTML editor and just link to a multimedia file, and the Moodle filter will do the rest.



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