07 Mar 2018


Online quiz is a question(s) attached at the end of your online lesson to assess whether your students, as technology is advancing, so also it’s effects on education is, this is the case when most tests and exams are now taken online jamb exam has been computer based and other tests like personality tests are all online. Therefore, as an online instructor, whether or not you need a quiz at the end of your lesson shouldn’t be a question to deliberate on and here is why

The use of Online Quizzes during class time is one of the most effective ways to keep the attention of students. It is less disruptive and a great way of including everyone in the lesson. One of the problems teachers encounter when handing out traditional quizzes or test is that time can be lost distributing tests and then correcting them. This can break the orderliness in class and give students the opportunity not to focus.

With online quiz, teachers can quickly analyse in what areas students are successful and in what areas they have demonstrated learning gaps. They can select an appropriate learning strategy for each student for a course

The teachers can use the online quiz’s graphing analysis to see if there are any learning gaps. This data will help to improve the formative assessment process.

Although teachers will try to avoid it, when they prepare a test with multiple choice answers, a subconscious pattern is always present. For example, a student might say; “there have been lots of correct A answers so far and very few C answers, this time C must be correct. These patterns can be identified by students who can then guess the correct answer. They do this through elimination without even knowing the right answer. To avoid this, Online Quizzes have a shuffle feature that means, no matter how many times you take a quiz the options will be different every time.

With online quiz, it is possible to have an entirely different question structure from what the student is familiar with. Students do not have to wonder if their answer is correct or not as they answer a question, the quiz programs tells the student.  Students get immediate reaction to their answer; they do not have to wait until the next class which may be 24 hours, 48 hours or more. Students can read the teacher-provided strategy for improvement for each wrong answer.  The students do not just know that they are incorrect but they also see an explanation of how to improve. They learn how to do it right; they improve through formative assessment.

Students can answer without feeling badly about having a wrong answer as it happens in a class. No other student knows.

In a traditional test, there is room to retake; Students can retake a practice quiz as often as they want to improve their score. The program can be set to keep the highest score.  If the practice quizzes are truly formative, then no grade will be taken.  Students will demonstrate their learning in class and on summative tests.

Likewise, if teachers do go around the room checking in homework, they do not have the time to check each individual answer of each student. If students do twenty-five questions, the teachers can only glance over the homework. The teachers probably do not have time to explain individually to each student which answers are incorrect and what strategy will work for each incorrect answer.

Both students and teachers can see the students’ progress over time as they see the online quiz scores.  In addition, teachers may notice patterns such as Lolu does well on vocabulary quizzes but has trouble on grammar quizzes; teachers can then determine how to help Lolu with his general learning problem of grammar.


Article by: Busayo Tomoh

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