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The following paragraphs describe what is contained
in a quiz, how to use the procedure and how to get the most out
of it. A review quiz is a short test intended to give students
an assessment of one's progress in a course. If a student is enrolled
with an instructor for a course, the test settings are those entered
by the instructor. These test parameters cannot be changed by
a student. Consequently, the page where the test parameters are
otherwise changed by a user is skipped. A student can view instructor's
settings in Grade composition. If a student does not have an instructor,
the grade composition and test parameters are set by PEOI administration.
If a student takes a test in a course for which
he/she is not enrolled or signed in, the student him/herself can
modify the test parameters in several ways to fit one's needs
and preferences. In that case the test does not count toward course
grade. Nevertheless, such test can be useful for review purpose.
Again, changing a test parameters for a course in which a student
is enrolled can only be accomplished by the instructor.
Content of quiz
The number of questions included is normally
20 for a quiz and 50 for a comprehensive test. The test is seeded
with questions taken randomly from a data bank of questions for
the specified chapter(s). Only one question per concept is picked.
This may cause the number of questions actually placed in the
test to be less than the one initally requested. Test grades are
calculated as number of correct answers divided by total number
of questions viewed.
The material normally covers just one chapter
but this can be changed. When several chapters are included the
test procedure becomes that of a comprehensive test with no explanation
for wrong answers and computation of grade on total number of
questions in the test, not on the basis of number of viewed questions
in as in a review quiz. Certain portions of a chapter can be excluded
from a test if the chapter is broken down into sections (which
is not the case for review courses).
A registered student can set a time parameter
for a test. The time is expressed in seconds per question: 20,
40, 60, 90, 120 seconds or none.
The type of questions in the quiz can also
be modified. The test bank consists of multiple choice, true/false,
fill-in, calculation, graphics and essay type questions. Naturally,
there are graphics questions only in chapters where graphs are
present in the chapter itself; likewise for calculation questions.
Essay questions do not allow answers and are not part of the grade
calculation. They are offered as examples of questions that would
be asked in a written test. Essay questions do not normally appear
in quizzes except if specifically requested by the student. Fill-in
questions require the exact spelling of the needed word. Pay special
attention to whether the word is normally singular or plural.
The use of capital letters is immaterial.
Procedure of quiz
First, a screen allows the student to change
the parameters of the quiz. Next the quiz is constructed based
on the parameters selected. If no questions are found for the
chosen settings, a new selection is required. Otherwise, a question
table appears with access to any and all questions. The student
can start with any question and move from question to question
at will, or return to the question table to view what is the grade
so far, and which questions have been answered incorrectly.
When answering questions, the question appears
in a box with the choice of possible answers or space for writing
in a fill-in answer. Submitting an answer produces a correction
immediately. If the answer is incorrect, a small window appears
for ten seconds with the text on which the question is based.
That window can be called back by clicking on the "See ..."
box at the bottom of the screen. Only the first answer to a question
counts. A student can read all the questions in the quiz by moving
from question to question before answering any of them.
Ending the test requires returning to the table
of questions and pressing the "END TEST" button in the
upper right of the screen. No record of the quiz results will
be made if the End Test button is not clicked. Moreover, the End
Test procedure deletes the test questions to make room for a new
test. No new test can be started by a student if a previously
started quiz has not been ended properly. Again, as a matter of
courtesy to other students and to free memory space on the server,
you are asked:
Any quiz can be retaken any number of times
desired. Only the highest grade for that quiz is included in course
grade. Note, that the test is seeded with different questions
each time. It is not useful to memorize answers to questions.
If an unsatisfactory grade is obtained, the recommended and most
productive strategy is to read the chapter again and to answer
all the review questions for that chapter, before returning to
take the quiz anew.
After completing a quiz, a registered and enrolled
student is asked to leave a feedback evaluation. Once again, the
test results and the feedback are saved only if the student clicks
on END TEST at the bottom of the feedback page. The feedback is
used by faculty and administration to improve the material on
the web site and adapt it better to users' needs. Comments are
especially useful and can be left at that time or in an email
message. A student can review his/her entries by clicking on Evaluation
later, and can also modify them at that time. The feedback entries
can only be viewed by the student him/herself, your instructor
(if any) and the administration. Student overall feedback evaluation
averages without details are part of statistics.
A registered, enrolled and signed in student
can access his/her personal record by clicking on Grade Book to
see how the course cumulative average has changed as a consequence
of the test just taken. Naturally, this is possible only if the
student is registered, enrolled in that course and has signed
in. Remember that registration is free and confidential .
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