Why interactive quizzing is the new “homework”?

Aug 8
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Why interactive quizzing is the new “homework”?

Testing after each unit is standard–but should it be? Traditionally, students come into tests nervous, knowing that it is a make or break moment. After all, it’s the culmination of their hard work. Instead, what if students were tested as the material is being discussed? Can Interactive Quizzing replace homework in it’s traditional sense? Think formative assessment allowing you to monitor student learning in real time. Not to mention, it comes with a whole host of benefits. Here’s what to do turn your lecture into an interactive classroom and keep students sharp throughout the semester:

  1. Quiz early, quiz often – To monitor learning progressions and improve feedback, it’s important to start with small, frequent interactive quizzes to so you both you and your students can see where they’re at throughout the semester. If your quizzes are frequent enough, students should experience no surprises during the semester. With nClass, you can even quiz students throughout the lecture, which gives the added benefit of improving student involvement. Learn more here.
  2. Structure your quiz meets these four standards – In a fact paper, published by US Department of Education,  researchers identified four key elements of formative assessment: (1) identifying the gap, (2) feedback, (3) learning progressions, and (4) student involvement. Assessments that meet encompass these four elements are most effective at improving learning outcomes, so while you put together your quizzes, keep these elements in mind.
  3. Think about scope – In order to identify gaps in student learning most effectively, it’s important to cover all the material students will find on the final assessment. You can achieve this by testing students on the material they’ve covered during the lecture using exit tickets–a short, one or two question quiz students must turn in before leaving the class. Learn more about exit tickets here.
  4. Keep the stakes low – Formative assessment can be refreshing for students since it takes the risk out of assessment–but only if the stakes are low. To promote growth rather than stress, remind students that this type of assessment is meant to track their progress rather than measure mastery, and mirror this purpose with low or no point value toward their final grade.
  5. Encourage student reflection – Go one step further with your formative assessment plan–have students comment on their own progress and formulate a plan of action. You can use nClass to send students prompts for learning logs as the student’s personal progress archive to add depth to your feedback. Learn more here.

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