The benefits of online quizzes

In the wake of COVID-19, many schools at all levels have moved to online teaching and virtual teaching. Because of this, teachers have had to be flexible – and often creative – not only in delivering content to students, but also in ensuring that they master it. In recent years, teachers have turned to formative assessment strategies to address student understanding of material and adaptation of content. Today, in the age of virtual learning, online quizzes serve as a means of assessment to ensure that students are really learning what we are teaching them. Read on to learn more about the benefits of online quizzes for virtual learning environments, as well as how to use them in your own classroom.

Ways to make online education easier

There are several useful methods and resources for facilitating an online class. Platforms such as Canvas, Google Classroom, and Blackboard let you manage class data as a whole, as well as post and view assignments for students to access on their own. You can create classrooms that offer video lectures, discussion forums, or places to submit digital assignments, as well as links to additional content.

Additionally, many online platforms offer engaging games and activities that students of all levels can access. Resources such as Animoto, Khan Academy, Nearpod, and Duolingo provide students with a wealth of diverse opportunities to learn small lessons or even create their own fun projects. Finally, websites and programs such as Kahoot, Fyrebox, and Google Polls allow instructors to create short, interactive quizzes that students can participate in that collect student data. Collecting this data can be extremely beneficial as it allows teachers to quickly analyze a student’s performance and determine where there are gaps in their understanding.

Benefits of online quizzes

The main benefit of an online quiz is, of course, the same benefit as any type of academic quiz: to gauge a student’s understanding of a topic. Questionnaires can also be used to collect data on student preferences. One of the advantages of virtual questionnaires over paper questionnaires is that the data is collected, sorted and interpreted automatically, then transferred to you quickly. It is also an advantage to use online questionnaires rather than paper questionnaires in the physical classroom. Data can be viewed in an aggregated and independent manner, so you can see how your class is doing as a whole, as well as how individual students are doing. This is especially important during the COVID-19 pandemic, as virtual teaching often does not allow us to observe student behavior as naturally as we would if we were in the classroom. With a tool like a quiz that gives valuable insight into student performance and progress, any issues can be identified quickly and resolved with the individual student or the class as a whole. This improves the learning experience for everyone.

Online quizzes can also be used to motivate students, especially if they are in the form of a game or in a format considered familiar or fun. For example, Fyrebox offers a program that allows students to answer quiz questions through a messaging app which then collects their answers. This is a format that is both more engaging and less confusing for the student, so that they feel more comfortable when preparing their answers.

Fyrebox quiz creation

One of the best resources for creating online quizzes is Foyer, a program that allows the user to create custom quizzes in the format of messaging apps. This program has recently been enhanced in response to the move to online teaching, so that teachers can have a quiz interface that is more technological, more adapted and more attractive to the younger generation. Not only is it presented in a messaging app format, which makes it familiar and more readable, but it also provides students with certificates for passing a quiz to show that they have completed it. Made possible through a partnership with Canva, these certificates can also be designed to further motivate and engage students.

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Once the students have received the questionnaires in text format, they can answer the questions by exchanging their own text. It’s very engaging for students who are used to this format, which many see and often use every day. It is also accessible via Whatsapp, Facebook Messenger and WeChat. Responses are recorded and sent to you immediately, where you can analyze and process the data in real time, with data presented individually or in groups. This means you can respond to data immediately from home, without having to screen student responses, data, or physical documents.

Conclusion

In summary, how we conduct online teaching becomes increasingly important as students become more immersed in it. We need to be more flexible and creative in the assignments and assessments we create, and creating online quizzes with tools like Fyrebox is an easy way to do that. Online quizzes, even when used in the classroom in person, are more engaging and interesting, and can be delivered in a familiar and fun format for students. They also allow for the systematic and organized collection of student data, which is much easier to visualize and interpret than multiple pages of unorganized paper responses.

Melvin G. Rodriguez