Designing Better Quizzes: Ideas for Rethinking Your Quiz Practices

Many faculty rely on quizzes to encourage students to keep up with reading assignments and come to class prepared. Research by cognitive psychologists offers another reason, something called “the testing effect,” described as “the phenomenon in which people appear to retain more information about a topic if they are tested on that topic and engage in memory retrieval of topic information than if they simply reread or study that information.” (Khanna, 2015)

Of course, not all quizzes are created equal. A pop quiz slapped down on the desks of seemingly unprepared students will ratchet up the stress levels and may make a point, but it doesn’t promote deep, lasting learning. Fortunately, quiz strategies continue to evolve and faculty across a variety of disciplines have developed innovative approaches for how they use quizzes.

Designing Better Quizzes: Ideas for Rethinking Your Quiz Practices

Designing Better Quizzes: Ideas for Rethinking Your Quiz Practices features 15 articles curated from The Teaching Professor and Faculty Focus that will arm you with quiz alternatives that promote deeper engagement with the content, further the development of important learning skills, and provide teachers and students with relevant feedback that promotes learning.

Articles in the 20-page report include:

  • Five Types of Quizzes That Deepen Engagement with Course Content
  • A Quiz That Promotes Discussion and Active Learning in Large Classes
  • A Quiz Design that Motivates Learning
  • Formative Assessment: The Secret Sauce of Blended Success
  • Ungraded Quizzes: Any Chance They Promote Learning?

If your quiz strategies are becoming stale, this report is loaded with fresh ideas that will help you better understand why you are using quizzes, what you hope they will accomplish, and how they can best be used to facilitate student learning.

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Designing Better Quizzes: Ideas for Rethinking Your Quiz Practices