It can be challenging to keep students motivated and on task. In the world of education, there are multiple tools a teacher can use to diversify the learning environment, but sometimes, recognising what will work best is tough. That is where quizzes can come in handy.
Quizzes are recognised as a necessary factor of e-learning and can effectively assist with concentration as well as defining knowledge gaps. They are also confidence-building and help with information retention in both traditional and online learning environments. What’s more – they are fun!
So, how can you make online quizzes an effective classroom tool? Here are 5 techniques that might get you thinking about using online quizzes in your classroom:
1. Introduce quizzes as a part of your teaching technique.
Quizzes provide an array of benefits for both the learner and the instructor. They are an excellent way for students to put what they have learnt into practice. Repetition is an important element of learning, and one way to repeat content is through quizzing.
Quizzes allow students and teachers to review what has been studied and can provide insight into how well they are performing, thus identify what areas may need focus. From here, teachers can consider how well individuals or the class itself is grasping the teachings and, if necessary, can revise the way they are delivering studies to their students. Furthermore, the act of retrieving information is proven to help students learn. They may also become naturally motivated to study more and pay attention during class if they know that at some point they will be tested on the material.
2. Build teamwork and collaboration.
Online quizzes can be an excellent tool for students to build teamwork skills.
Many teachers feel that there is a strong focus on individual student performance and that teamwork should play a more important role. Group quizzes performed in small teams can be an excellent learning tool. It can open up opportunities for students to engage with one another and help one another during their joint learning journey. They can also learn decision-making skills and problem-solving skills while increasing their confidence and learning off others.
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3. Asses knowledge and give helpful feedback.
The advantage of online quizzes is that the results from participants are immediate. It is far more time consuming to gather paper-based quizzes. This allows teachers to correct any student misconceptions immediately and can improve performance.
In addition to this, teachers can customise feedback to their online quizzes that include either the correct answer or useful content that cements that answer (check out our how to guide here). Not something you can do with paper-based quizzes.
A mini-quiz at the end of every lesson is a great way to review key points before moving on to new topics. In other words, utilising mini-quizzes can ensure learners are successfully digesting the information before moving onto the next section.
4. Make every quiz interesting using different types of questions.
Holding interest in the classroom can often be challenging, and maintaining motivation in your students is essential for a successful learning experience. By presenting information in a new and exciting way, students will be more present and engaged in their learning. Not only can quizzes be fun and interactive for students, but they are also a sneaky form of learning.
By using a variety of different questions, you can tailor a quiz accordingly to the degree of difficulty, and make it the right balance of simple to challenging. The variation in difficulty ensures that students still feel confident while performing the quiz, but it is still a challenge for them, so they remain motivated.
I personally recommend a balance of 8/2, 8 questions that are “easy”, with 2 “difficult” mixed in there. If you make your quiz too tricky, it could demotivate the student.
5. Alternate the timing of your quiz during class.
Teachers can give a quiz at any time of the day, but having a quiz midway through the lesson can be a good way of breaking up a session. By alternating the time a quiz occurs makes it less predictable for students and more exciting when you announce one will be taking place.
You may event find that they may pay closer attention throughout the day knowing that a quiz may be right around the corner.
Are you convinced it is time to transform your teaching style and try a new learning tool? Want to know more about how you can utilise online quizzes?
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