How to calibrate quiz percentages to levels or grades

calibrationIf you look in your gradebook for any given student set, you will see that all the results are reported in the grade scheme you chose for that set. It’s easy to take that for granted and not think about how it is achieved – at least I hope it is, because we have worked hard to make the enormous complexity of that task invisible to casual users.

Although teachers very rarely challenge the accuracy of Yacapaca results, I do occasionally get asked about their Continue reading

A wee note for authors about time and information

timeWhen writing any part of a question, please think about timeframe, and the student’s perception of time. In the case of a feedback statement, you have perhaps 10-20s during which the student can remain focused on the current question and the issue of “why did I just get that wrong”?

In this time, you can hit them with one boldly-presented point, and there is a good chance it will sink right into their brain. At this point, students will not pause to read a discursive argument, nor will they follow a link, or even note it down for future reference.

The place to put more detailed arguments (your own or links to resources elsewhere) is into a reference sheet that can be downloaded and studied between the first and second quiz runs. You could attach this file to the quiz where students can download it directly, or to the course, where the teacher can control exactly when it is seen by students.

Beginners’ guide to Cloze questions

Cloze or ‘gap fill’ questions are staple of language teaching, but they have many uses. For example:

  • Vocabulary, especially in MFL
  • Word suffix/prefix, e.g. in grammar or for chemical terms
  • Numerical input
  • Knowledge where correct spelling will be rewarded in an exam
  • Where guessing would be too easy in a multiple choice question

Yacapaca’s implementation of Cloze is especially Continue reading