Use quizzes with online learning to build engagement and track student progress

Learning and teaching online has come a long way since the days of text only chat rooms. Now remote learning is almost as good as being in a classroom with a teacher thanks to webcams and collaborative whiteboards.

However, one challenge with remote learning can be knowing whether students at home are paying attention and understanding everything. If you only have one or two students it’s not so hard, but if you’re teaching a larger group then tracking general progress can sometimes be difficult.

In an actual classroom, pop quizzes have long been a useful way to gauge basic knowledge of many students in a short time. According to Science Mag, research shows that on-the-fly quizzes help students retain information, and in one experiment, results showed that students who had taken quizzes scored three times higher than ones that hadn’t.

But while even mentioning the words ‘pop quiz’ may trigger groans from students in schools, they don’t have to be so painful when done online. This is where Knowlounge comes in handy.

Using quizzes while teaching with Knowlounge

Collaborative whiteboard and real-time learning platform Knowlounge is loaded with great features for carrying out classes online. One of these is the ability to create instant quizzes or polls.

Knowlounge Quiz

Types of Quizzes

Multiple Choice – Probably the most popular choice for gauging data quickly, multi-choice questions are simple to set up. They are also the easiest type of question for students to answer, requiring just a click of the mouse.

Alternative – Simple “Yes/No” or “O / X” type questions. You can also customize your own.

Short Answer – Short written answers. Useful in situations where students are likely to have different answers, or you’d just prefer them to think a bit more rather than select from multi-choice.

Whiteboard – A recent addition to Knowlounge, whiteboard questions have two parts to them and are useful for answers which require drawing or showing working such as a math equation.

  1. First, the teacher asks a question and selects an area of the whiteboard to send with the question. The entire whiteboard can be sent, and an image instead of the whiteboard can also be sent.
  2. Students are then transported to their own whiteboard to answer their question. Drawing tools and other media can be used for this. Once ready to send the answer, students select a part of the whiteboard or their entire whiteboard to send back to the teacher.
Who can makes quizzes?

Quizzes can be carried out by anyone with control of the board. So if you’ve given control of the board to students, they can also use the quiz features to ask questions. The whiteboard question format can be particularly useful for students to use if they want to ask about content which is already displayed on the board.

The whiteboard question in particular can be used in a lot of different ways — you could even have a drawing competition with it!

Of course, classrooms have the advantage of teacher supervision and no opportunity to cheat, while on the internet information is easily available. Teachers online can get around this by setting a shorter time limit (to limit search time), asking specific questions related to what you’re teaching, or showing working if applicable.

Collecting and sharing quiz results

Once a quiz has begun, the teacher will be able to see in real time who has completed their answer and who hasn’t. A timer bar displays how long is left, and can end the question early if they want to.

When time is up or the question is ended manually, teachers can then review results and share them with the rest of the class if they wish.

Other uses for quizzes

Quizzes and polls don’t just have to be for ‘tests’. They can also be used for meetings to gather opinions and votes on topic. You can also use them for fun trivia and games like pictionary!

The quiz feature is available on any device and works between different platforms.


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