There are 2 types of quizzes in Actively Learn: a standalone quiz, or an assignment marked as a quiz. Unlike assignments, students will not be able to see the correct response after answering a question.
- Aligning questions to learning objective
Students will always want to achieve the best grade. If questions are aligned with the learning objective, students who receive good grades are understanding what the teacher finds most important. If assessments are misaligned, good grades will not necessarily reflect understanding of the learning objective.
- Variety of questions
Having a variety of question types is important. Since multiple choice questions mainly test students ability to recall information, it is important to add short answer questions. Short answer questions will push students to show their ability to strategically think through and analyze text.
- Different levels of difficulty
Varying the difficulty can help determine where each student is at in their learning. This will help teachers identify which students are struggling with understanding the learning objective.
Creating a Quiz
STEP 1: From your workspace
STEP 2: Select "Create quiz" from the imports section
STEP 3: Add details to your quiz, and click "Create"
STEP 4: The quiz will appear in your main Workspace folder, as well as the Imports folder
STEP 5: Add directions for your students
STEP 6: Click “Add Question” to add your first question.
STEP 7: Select a question type, add a standard, and add question details. Press "Save" when complete.
STEP 8: Press "Add Question" to continue to add questions to this quiz. (You can always move questions around by pressing the arrow in the upper right of each question box.)
STEP 9: Select the back arrow to return to your Workspace.
STEP 10: Assign the quiz to your class
Randomize the order of questions
For standalone quizzes, you can randomize the order of questions. This is a good check for preventing cheating on quizzes.
Open a quiz from your Workspace, select "Actions," and then select 'Yes' for Randomize questions.
Your students will now see questions in a random order
You can randomize the order in which students see the multiple choice answers inside a quiz. This is another valuable tool to prevent cheating.
STEP 1: Click on the question, and check "Randomize choices for students"
Mark an assignment as a quiz
Instead of a list of questions, you may want your students to read a text for a quiz.
STEP 1: Open a text from your workspace
STEP 2: Click on the "Actions" icon from the top left of the screen. Select "Mark assignment as quiz"
Setting a due date for quizzes
Unlike setting a due date for a regular assignment, students attempting to open assignments marked as or created as quizzes after the due date will NOT be able to view the assignment at all. Students will see a pop-up letting them know the due date for the quiz has passed, and will remain in the class page.
This is helpful to prevent cheating from one period to another. Please reference our article on setting start and due dates for step by step instructions.
Both teachers and students can print Quizzes