Using Moodle Quizzes

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This presentation was given at the NYSAIS Teaching With Technology conference, May 3rd, 2014. It gives a general walkthrough, with screenshots, of how to make Moodle Quizzes.

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Using Moodle Quizzes

  1. 1. Using Moodle Quizzes To Improve Student Comprehension
  2. 2. The “Testing Effect” The critical role of retrieval practice in long-term retention. Roediger HL 3rd, Butler AC, Trends In Cognitive Science 2011 Jan;15(1):20-7 Abstract Learning is usually thought to occur during episodes of studying, whereas retrieval of information on testing simply serves to assess what was learned. We review research that contradicts this traditional view by demonstrating that retrieval practice is actually a powerful mnemonic enhancer, often producing large gains in long-term retention relative to repeated studying. Retrieval practice is often effective even without feedback (i.e. giving the correct answer), but feedback enhances the benefits of testing. In addition, retrieval practice promotes the acquisition of knowledge that can be flexibly retrieved and transferred to different contexts. The power of retrieval practice in consolidating memories has important implications for both the study of memory and its application to educational practice.
  3. 3. In my classes: Moodle Quizzes replace note-taking homework and short answer homework assignments. I use Moodle quizzes for quick, in-class vocabulary and basic comprehension assessments
  4. 4. Randomized Experiment in My Class 2009-2010 Students using Moodle quizzes instead of completing vocabulary notes performed just as well as their peers on the unit tests *Lowest performing students did not do as well when just taking the quizzes in this experiment
  5. 5. Quizzes My Favorite thing about Moodle!
  6. 6. Google Forms vs Moodle Quizzes Google forms are great for getting feedback, or for quick surveys Moodle quizzes are much better for assessing knowledge- the question formats and statistics are much richer
  7. 7. Moodle Quizzes Allow Multiple Question types Randomized Questions- this is key!! Tailored Feedback for each answer Detailed statistics on student responses
  8. 8. How to Make the Moodle Quiz:
  9. 9. Add an activity or resource
  10. 10. main Updating Quiz page Or use Deferred Feedback
  11. 11. This is the next screen
  12. 12. Then Preview the Quiz
  13. 13. I will explain how to enter feedback
  14. 14. Grading the Quiz It’s done for you!
  15. 15. Scores can also be downloaded to a spreadsheet
  16. 16. You can also view the Responses
  17. 17. Detailed Statistics are available for each question
  18. 18. The Questions
  19. 19. The Question Bank - Editing Categories
  20. 20. On the Edit Categories Page you should make new Categories - Think about sections from which you may want to draw random questions
  21. 21. Note: Be Careful of Image Names! The “image description” on an image will display if students hover over it on some computers. Sometimes kids can drag the image to the desktop to find it as well. The name of the question is hidden, however.
  22. 22. This question is called “sandstone” in my question bank, but I had to change the image name to not give away the answer.
  23. 23. FeedbackFeedback- You can give feedback for specific answers General feedback- shows for all students, depending on Quiz Settings General feedback is some text that gets shown to the student after they have attempted the question. Unlike feedback, which depends on the question type and what response the student gave, the same general feedback text is shown to all students. You can control when general feedback is shown to students using the "Students may review:" check-boxes on the quiz editing form. You can use the general feedback to give students some background to what knowledge the question was testing. Or to give them a link to more information they can use if they did not understand the questions.
  24. 24. True/ False
  25. 25. How the question looks on the quiz
  26. 26. How it looks after you answer and submit
  27. 27. Tips for Types Some interesting types of questions
  28. 28. Answers for a Matching Question Can outnumber the “questions” “Shuffle” rearranges the questions
  29. 29. Short Answer Fill in the blank You can use asterisks for flexibility, and give separate scores to different responses
  30. 30. Multiple Choice Use Negative grades for wrong answers when allowing more than one answer (e.g. Check all that apply)
  31. 31. Embedded Answer (Cloze) These are excellent once you get to know them
  32. 32. Embedded Answer (Cloze) The final result has multiple drop-down choices You can also have Short Answer (fill in the blank)
  33. 33. Make sure to check the points In the Edit Quiz menu, Cloze often have extra points
  34. 34. Calculated Questions These are tricky, but valuable for certain classes. They generate different numbers each time someone takes the quiz.
  35. 35. Have Fun! Start making your quiz!
  36. 36. Other Studies Science. 2008 Feb 15;319(5865):966-8. doi: 10.1126/science.1152408. The critical importance of retrieval for learning. Karpicke JD, Roediger HL 3rd. Psychol Sci. 2006 Mar;17(3):249-55. Test-enhanced learning: taking memory tests improves long-term retention. Roediger HL, Karpicke JD.

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