Designing better automated quizzes: Opinion

November 9, 2020

Online quizzes can be used to carry more instructional weight, writes Zachary Nowak. The article describes how frequent, low-stakes quizzes can enhance learning. The author gives quizzes before covering new material to test what students already know, and students complete the same quiz as many times as necessary after completing the material. The article argues that doing this activates pedagogical techniques such as prediction, the testing effect, and interleaving. Students predict answers, which helps with recalling the information when they do learn it. Instructors can include review questions to help students remember previous material. “Asking automated quizzes to carry more of the burden of instruction is an excellent way to use the strengths of the digital environment,” writes Nowak. Inside Higher Ed (International)