We’re excited to launch the new version of ScriptoPro today! Sign up for a free trial account and create a quiz to see how it works! Using the quiz engine effectively does take some practice but we’ve made this version very intuitive. Once you login as an instructor or trainer, click on “Create a Quiz”, give it a title and fill in all the fields, and set it to “Complete” mode so it will display. Then select your “Quiz Settings” and finally, select the type of quiz you want to create. When writing questions, the first thing to do is to use effective question design strategies. If you ask good questions, you’ll get useful data about your students’ performance and understanding of the material. Below are a few quiz strategies to help you get started.
- Ensure that each question is connected to a course goal. After all, you want to know whether your students are achieving the goals of the course, so why not ask them directly? Think big picture about the course outcomes and course objectives. Designing such questions will allow you to see whether material has been mastered, to what extent, and to determine what course changes might need to be made to enhance learning.
- Ask multiple questions about each important idea in the class. This gives you more data points about student understanding.
- When writing a multiple-choice question, be sure each wrong answer represents a common misconception. This will help you diagnose student thinking and eliminate easy guessing. Learners need to be thoughtful and engage in critical thinking when answering questions.
- Write questions requiring your students to think at different levels. Include some recall questions, some comprehension questions, and some application and analysis questions. You can determine where students are having problems in their thinking. Can they recall the material, but not apply it? Use the Revised Bloom’s Taxonomy to help design effective questions.
- Test your questions and use the reports and data available within ScriptoPro to determine which questions are useful and which aren’t.
Finally, remember that closing the loop is essential for effective teaching and learning. We must be able to specify what learners will know, be able to do or be able to demonstrate when they have completed or participated in a course. The outcomes must be observable, measurable and able to be demonstrated, so keep that in mind when creating test questions.