Build your own collection of favourite quizzes

With well over 20,000 separate assessments on Yacapaca, many teachers want to collate a set to use for a particular course. This might be for personal use, or to share with your departmental team.

The way to do this is to create a Course. In Yacapaca, a course is defined as a collection of quizzes, together with description and any associated files. Here are the four steps:

1 Start

Go to More tab -> My Courses

Click on “Compile a new course”. If you don’t see this, you may need to apply for author privileges.

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Randomised vs. linear question sequences

randomisationIf you author quizzes in Yacapaca, you will know that the system automatically randomises both the sequence of questions and the sequence of options within those questions. I get a steady trickle of requests to enable teachers to control the sequence both of questions and of options. In my opinion, this would be a massively retrograde step.

That is not to say that linear presentation has no benefits. The two most-often cited are that Continue reading

Tutorial 12: How to improve the quality of your quiz

Where a particular quiz appears in the search rankings depends on a combination of relevance to the search and quality. If you improve the quality, your quiz will rise up the search rankings.

1. Here is where to see the quality ranking. Note that although we show popularity, it does not affect ranking.

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2. Click the Edit button. You only see Continue reading

Tutorial 11: Question Types

I spotted a conversation between Dave and Dafydd over on the SchoolHistory.co.uk forum, about question types in quizzes. These guys are two of Yacapaca’s most prolific authors, so if they don’t know, we have clearly not got the message across. So for reference, here’s the complete list. Bookmark it now for future reference!

 

The Yacapaca assessment question types

Choose-1

AKA “select your answer”. The original multiple choice question. Two to six options.

Checkbox

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Tutorial 10: How to use the Quiz Builder

If you have Author privileges in Yacapaca, go to More -> My Quizzes. You can ignore search for now, and go straight to Build a New Quiz:

quiz1

This allows you to build a new quiz from scratch, drawing questions from the entire question bank (164,000 questions at time of writing). You can modify  Continue reading