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Best Practices: Quizzes

Best Practice Scenarios

The following includes best practice scenarios for using quizzes in GauchoSpace and options for producing resources of quiz questions. See the Quiz Reference Guide for details on quiz settings and for the basics of adding a quiz, creating questions, building a question bank and reviewing your quizzes.

Scenario 1: Set up a random question quiz.

When using this option, no two Quizzes between students or, for that matter, any two attempts for the same student, will be the same.

  1. Once you have created your quiz and adjusted its settings to your liking, enter the quiz and click "Edit quiz" in the Administration block.
  2. Click "Add" to reveal the drop-down menu for adding a question to your quiz.Editing_quiz__Cat_Quiz_2017-03-17_12-10-26.png
  3. Click "a random question" in the drop-down menu.Editing_quiz__Cat_Quiz_2017-03-17_12-11-34.png
  4. A new screen will appear, where you can set which category your random question will be drawn from.  You will be able to either use an existing category or create a new one to populate with questions.  For more information on how to use categories within the Question Bank, see the "How do I add a quiz to my Gauchospace course site" help page.
  5. At the bottom of this screen, you will find a "Number of random questions" drop-down menu. Select a desired number of questions and click the Add button.
  6. NOTE: If you wish to select random questions from multiple categories, you will need to repeat this process for each one.  Each time just select the number of questions you would like from the Bank.
  7. NOTE: Be aware that GauchoSpace will not include the same question multiple times from the same category. However, if a duplicate question exists in multiple categories, and the quiz contains random questions from each Bank, the same question could occur twice.

Scenario 2: Set a quiz to allow multiple responses.

"Adaptive mode," an option in the "How questions behave" drop-down under the Question behavior heading, allows students multiple responses to a question within the same attempt at a Quiz. That is, students are allowed a second chance after incorrect answers. However, a penalty will usually be subtracted from the student's score for each wrong attempt (the amount of the penalty can be set for each individual question in its respective settings). This mode also allows adaptive questions that can change themselves in response to a student's answer.

One potential use for Adaptive mode is to create a practice test.  This could be quiz worth zero points that would allow students unlimited attempts at each question without penalties.

To allow multiple responses, do the following:

  1. In your quiz's settings, scroll down to Question behavior.
  2. Select "Adaptive mode" or "Adaptive mode (no penalties)" from the Question Behavior drop-down menu.
  3. Click "Save and display."

If you wish to add penalties for wrong answers, do so in the settings for each question. You will find these by doing the following:

  1. In your quiz, click "Edit quiz" in the Administration block.
  2. If your quiz already has questions, click the gear icon next to one of the questions to edit its settings.  Otherwise click "Add" to add a new question.
  3. In the settings, scroll down and click "Multiple tries" to reveal that section.
  4. Choose the percentage the user will be penalized for incorrect answers from the drop-down menu under "
  5. Click "Save changes."

Scenario 3: Set up a quiz to allow file submissions

It is possible to set a quiz question to allow students to upload files as submissions.  These would be similar to short answer questions, where an instructor or TA would have to grade submissions and assign scores manually.  In this respect, this question type is similar to the assignment activity, though there are many scenarios where using the quiz activity would be preferable. For example, if a course had final exam with an essay format and multiple possible prompts, the quiz tool would allow instructors to make the exam available online and ensure that students would be assigned a random prompt, and that they would have a set amount of time in which to respond after receiving it. To set up one of these questions, simply do the following when adding a new question:

  1. Under "Questions", select "Essay."  Click "Add."
  2. In the settings for the new question, scroll down to "Response Options."
  3. Choose the number of files you would like to allow students to submit from the drop down menu next to "Allow attachments."
  4. To require file submissions, select a number from the "Require attachments" drop-down.
  5. If you would like to disable the option of typing a response in the quiz module itself and allow only file submissions, select "No inline text" from the "Response format" drop-down.
  6. Click "Save changes."
Scenario 4: Save a pdf of a quiz
You may want to have an offline copy of your quiz questions to send as email attachments or print as hard copies.  There is no built-in way to do this in GauchoSpace, but you can use the following steps as a work-around.  Note that this will not work for all question types.  Any questions, such as matching questions, that have built-in drop down menus will not display all possible answers in the resulting pdf.
  1. Log into GauchoSpace and enter your quiz. 
  2. In the Administration block, click "edit settings."
  3. Under "layout," set "new page" to "Never, all questions on one page."
  4. Click "Save and display."
  5. In the Administration block, click "preview."
  6. Highlight all the questions in our quiz.
  7. Under "file" in your browser, click "print."
  8. Select "print to pdf" or your browser's equivalent in the printing settings, rather than selecting a printer.  "Printing" this should save a pdf copy of the highlighted questions to your computer.
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