We all know quizzes provide an efficient way to assess students but how can we get the most out of them? How can we design them to give us valuable insight into students’ progress while enhancing their understanding? We’ll delve into the science of learning associated with quizzes, take a tour of the wide variety of question types out there, advise on question crafting and feedback for enriched learning and more!
This course was published daily from Monday, 8 July to Thursday, 11 July 2019 but you aren’t too late to particpate!
There are 4 blog posts, that take about 15-20 minutes to work through. You are welcome to work through the course at any time.
All are welcome
We welcome all staff, including tutors, demonstrators, professional staff, and academics at the Australian National University and beyond to join us for this course.
How to participate
The entire course will be conducted online, at your own pace through this blog. We encourage you to make a cup of coffee or tea and work through the material. Each post includes an activity or discussion question for you to respond to in the comment section of the blog. Be sure to subscribe to the blog (scroll down to the bottom, enter your email address and click on the red Subscribe button). If you use an RSS reader you can subscribe to the blog feed as well. You’ll receive an email each time a new post is made, and you can unsubscribe at any time.
- Day 1 – The science of learning and the value of quizzes. Quizzes promote effortful learning. Teachers can use quizzes to improve their students’ learning.
- Day 2 – Tour of Question Types. Multiple choice is not the only choice! Let’s choose variety!
- Day 3 – Crafting quizzes, questions and feedback. How can we plan quizzes, create questions and provide feedback to ensure students learn from the quiz experience?
- Day 4 – Lessons learnt from the field. What factors do we need to consider when designing and delivering quizzes?
Associate Professor Alexandra Webb
Medical School, College of Health and Medicine, Australian National University
Associate Professor Alexandra Webb has more than 20 years experience teaching anatomy into undergraduate & postgraduate medicine, allied health & science programs in Australia & the United Kingdom. She has extensive proficiencies in leading the development & implementation of new curricula & resources. Dr Webb’s innovative educational practice has been recognised with multiple awards, including an Australian Award for University Teaching, Senior Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy, ANU Distinguished Educator and ANU Vice-Chancellor’s award for excellence in education. In her current role, she leads technology enhanced learning & teaching at the ANU Medical School. Her research encompasses clinical anatomy and education research.
Learning Designer, ANU Online Educational Design
Rowena enjoys coming up with innovative solutions, creating interactive learning experiences and guiding people on how to use Wattle (Moodle), H5P, Zoom and other educational technologies. Before joining the ANU, she taught English to adult migrant and refugee students for eight years (both in the classroom and online). During that time, she undertook a year-long research project to design, develop and evaluate her own suites of web-based self-paced activities for her students and has had a passion for technology-enhanced learning ever since. She also loves animals, Vegan food, singing and world music.