5 new quiz skins to engage your students

Students learn better when they feel in control, even in small ways. To help, we’ve added a new dimension of freedom: quiz skins. Students can change the look and feel of their next quiz. In addition to the original red and yellow skin, we’ve 5 more, examples below.

All screenshots below from KS3 Geography revision practice by multiple authors. Colourways inspired by the Canva Blog. Students can select skins from the “Skins” tab. Don’t worry, they’ll soon find it.

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Cherry Blossom

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Control the size of each quiz when you assign

Every Yacapaca quiz draws questions in random order from an underlying question bank. It may draw all the questions available, or only a subset. Until now that decision was made by the author, but from today it is made at the point of assigning.

Here is where to find the control:

Show questions

By default, 10 questions will be shown unless there are fewer than that in the question bank. If you override that default, your new value will be remembered as your personal default.

If you are setting a multi-quiz assignment, the most questions you can show per quiz is the maximum of the shortest question bank used. This way all quizzes assigned in one go will always be the same size, improving predictability for students. In the unlikely event this is a problem, remove the shortest quiz from the assignment and assign it separately.

Learn more about this feature here.

Actual student-written formative feedback statements

Feedback entry with textIt’s coming up to lunchtime on the first day of our peer feedback experiment, and I’m incredibly excited at how well it is going. We have had about 1000 peer-written statements in so far and I wanted to share some of the best of them with you. If the authors of these are your students, you have the right to feel proud.

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Can students write good formative feedback statements?

Starting from Monday, we are introducing a new level of challenge into our quizzes. We shall be asking students to write formative feedback statements for each other. This is strictly experimental, and I have my finger on a button to switch it off instantly if it is not working.

Here is what your students will see during their next quiz:
Can students write good formative feedback statements?

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