How quiz timing works

In Yacapaca, students are given a set amount of time to answer each question. The time remaining is shown on the timer bar.

timer bar The purpose of the timer is to help students stay focused on the task, and it works really well. The way it works is more subtle than you may have realised.

Question timing is completely automatic

Inside the quiz app there is a very clever algorithm that ensures Continue reading

After the quiz: 5 brilliant tools for filling the gaps in students’ knowledge.

So your students have taken their quiz, read the feedback, got the score. What now? Most likely, you want students to fill in the gaps in their knowledge that the quiz has revealed. Here are the 5 tools we have built into Yacapaca to help them do just that.

1. Gap analysis

The very simplest. Click on any quiz in your Assignments page and you will see something like this:

gap analysis 1

This shows how well the whole class did, broken down by key Continue reading

New homepage design

I thought you’d appreciate a heads-up so you you know what your students are on about when they say “Yacapaca’s not there, sir!” Here’s a little slice of the new design.

Homepage Hero section

The intention is to highlight the core benefit of Yacapaca, which is actually very simple: it gets the annoying chore of marking out of your hair, while at the same time improving students’ results.

We’ve taken the chance to modernise the design too, with lovely new illustrations commissioned from Argentinian artist José Martín ‘Tincho’ Schmidt, and a clean responsive layout by Bootstrap.

Hope you like it!

Mobile devices in education – damp squib?

Five years ago, everyone was going mobile. Tech blogs were full of advice to adopt a ‘mobile first’ development strategy. In education, the debate raged between the purist all-iPad camp and the libertarian BYOD brigade.

So who won? Neither.

desktop vs mobile

At Yacapaca, we have a unique perspective. Millions of users, years of history. Rather than rush in, we started patiently collecting session data. Browsers automatically declare their parameters to web services so they can be served with an interface that fits the device. Here are the data, broken down by academic year.

And you can see what’s changed; almost Continue reading