Quiz - purpose and settings

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These quiz setting guides focus on ways you might want to use the Quiz activity. Where relevant, they link to related quiz entries for further details.


Self/skills assessment quiz (non-graded)

Where there is no right or wrong answer 

The quiz is not assessed. You and your students could use it as a learning tool to assess their knowledge and/or skills, or identify gaps. Students could also 'self-assess' and/or determine their self-efficacy or self-confidence. Feedback on their question answers could personalise support through linking to resources University-wide or providing resources specific to the topic. View the First Year Support Strategies (FYSS) mock topic quiz example set up for this purpose (you will need to log in to preview the quiz).

Quiz settings 

Quiz administration > Edit settings

  • Grade to pass 0.00
  • Attempts allowed: unlimited/1 (depending on purpose)
  • Deferred feedback
  • Review options: The attempt 

Edit quiz 

Quiz administration > Edit quiz

Change the maximum grade in the quiz itself to 0 (default is 10). The quiz will function as normal, but the quiz will not appear as a grade item in gradebook.

  • Maximum grade 0.00 (‘Editing quiz’ screen)

Question settings

  • Each choice option (MCQ) worth 100%
  • Question is worth 0 (default mark)
Gradebook

Administration > Gradebook setup

Check the Gradebook. To make a quiz item worth 0 in the gradebook, change the weighted mean of grades to 0 for that item (Gradebook setup > Setup > Weights), if required.


Practice quiz (non-graded)

Where there are right and wrong answers 

The purpose of the quiz is other than to grade. You might use it as a learning tool to give students a way to test their knowledge as the weeks progress. Providing feedback that they can action or understand at a deeper level will be helpful. It is also a teaching tool to see how they are going, whether there is a gap in understanding for one/many, whether a deeper level of engagement is required (eg more resources, more class time).

Quiz settings

Quiz administration > Edit settings

  • Grade to pass X.00 (choose any number between 0 and 10) – if using activity completion and/or restrict access, otherwise leave blank
  • Attempts allowed: unlimited/1... (depending on purpose)
  • Deferred feedback; interactive with multiple tries...
  • Review options: The attempt; Whether correct, Specific feedback, General feedback, Overall feedback (suggestions only) 

Edit quiz

Quiz administration > Edit quiz

  • Maximum grade: change the maximum grade for the quiz to the total of all questions (eg for 4 questions worth 1, 2, 2 and 4 the maximum grade would be 9). FLO will calculate a final grade according to the weighting for the quiz in the Gradebook. Both student and teacher will be able to see what they got for the quiz (x out of x).

Question settings

  • Question is worth 1 (default mark) or whatever you think it is worth
  • MCQ: with 1 right answer (one answer only option), this answer must be worth 100%; with multiple right answers (multiple answers allowed option), they must add up to 100% (eg if there are 2 right answers, each would be worth 50%). See Create a multiple choice question (MCQ) for more details.
Gradebook

Administration > Gradebook setup

Check the Gradebook. To make a quiz item worth 0 in the gradebook, change the weighted mean of grades to 0 for that item (Gradebook setup > Setup > Weights).


Formative quiz (graded or non-graded)

Where students are given the opportunity to extend their knowledge/understanding through feedback and prompts

The purpose of the quiz may be to grade/not grade. If you don't intend to grade the quiz, refer to the settings for non-graded quizzes.

Interactive with multiple tries

You can use the interactive with multiple tries settings to give students a rich experience with learning pathways – they can choose to extend their learning or correct their learning in an informed way, through feedback that provides links to resources or embeds resources such as videos or images. Hints are provided with this setting to enable students to try again (if more than one try is enabled). Rich feedback deters students from guessing. If grading this quiz, you can set a penalty for requiring a hint, if set to multiple tries.

Quiz settings

  • Attempts allowed: Unlimited (if you want to restrict the number of attempts, the number of hints is one less than the number of attempts) 
  • How questions behave: Interactive with multiple tries
  • Review options: During the attempt; Immediately after the attempt; Later, while the quiz is still open

User experience

If the quiz setting for Question behaviour > How questions behave is 'Interactive with multiple tries', the student can see a Check button once they have answered a question. They can reattempt the question by clicking 'Try again' and selecting another answer. You can provide both Specific feedback (answer choice) and General feedback (on the question as a whole) to help the student.

When the student finishes the quiz, they get a prompt to 'Return to attempt' or 'Submit all and finish'.

When the student finishes the quiz, they can also click on a 'Review' link (depending on the boxes ticked under Quiz settings > Review options) and see their answers to one/more attempts. They then get the option to 'Submit all and finish'.

Once they 'Submit all and finish', they receive the Overall feedback (quiz settings) if any is provided.

They can go back in later and review their quiz responses (Quiz settings > Review options). This is handy if they want to remember something about their responses but don't want to do the quiz again (they may not have this option anyway).


Summative quiz (graded)

Where students are tested on their knowledge/understanding for grading purposes

A summative quiz is likely to test a body of work so could be set to occur near the end of the topic, or at the end of a module. It will be listed in the Statement of Assessment Methods as a grade item valued at a percentage of the final grade. Because it is testing the student, they have less options when they do the quiz. They may receive feedback for each question, but are unlikely to be able to do the question again. Overall feedback for the attempt is a key area to support the student's learning. 

Deferred feedback

With this setting, students must enter an answer to each question and then submit the entire quiz, before anything is graded or they get any feedback. Whilst all review options are editable, you probably won't choose the Review option 'Later, while the quiz is still open' for a graded quiz.

Quiz settings

  • Attempts allowed: 1 
  • How questions behave: Deferred feedback
  • Review options: After the quiz is closed (all options ticked automatically) – it is a good idea to untick the Marks box, and tick it once all students have completed the quiz (there may be some extensions/overrides)

unticked for marksmarks box ticked

In the quiz settings, you can decide on how much Overall feedback to give students at the end of the quiz. You could use grade boundaries to tailor feedback.

User experience

If the quiz setting for Question behaviour > How questions behave is Deferred feedback, this is what happens when the student attempts a question. When they attempt a question, they may get feedback for their response, depending on how you have set up the individual question, but will move through the quiz without reattempting a question.

When the student finishes the quiz, they get the prompt to 'Submit all and finish'.

Once they 'Submit all and finish', they receive the Overall feedback (quiz settings).

They can go back in later and review their quiz responses (quiz settings > Review options). This is handy if they want to learn from their responses, perhaps for a final assessment item.


Short-text response quiz (graded)

Where students are manually graded on their submitted text answers (< 300 words is a guide)

To set up this type of quiz (it may only be one question that requires manual grading), you need to create an essay question.

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