Creating and editing questions

This article follows Tutorial 10: How to use the Quiz Builder so if it doesn’t immediately make sense, go back and read that article first.

Suppose that you have already started to create a quiz, but you could not find existing suitable questions from the database. You have decided to create one or more brand new questions of your own. Here is where you will start:

And here is what pops up:

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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.

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Here is why we need teachers

How much difference does two years of education really make? Not to specific taught subjects, but to a child’s overall preparedness for the world?

To find out, I analysed the global results from our 2020 Topical Christmas Quiz. I looked at the average result per year group for each of the Gap Analysis categories. Here’s what I found out.

 

Do you see it? Two years of mental development has had no impact at all on your students’ knowledge of popular culture. But – just look at the other end of the graph! Knowledge of World Affairs more than doubled, from 20% to 42%. Similar story with Science, Covid-19 and Politics.

Someone┬áis extending these young peoples’ horizons massively beyond movies and hit singles. And, if you are a teacher, I think that someone is you.

Three reasons you should run the Yacapaca Christmas Quizzes this year

This year, there are no fewer than 11 Xmas quizzes to choose from:

  • The 2020 topical quiz (a mix of serious and trivia)
  • The traditional three: easy, difficult and fiendish
  • 7 subject-specific quizzes: DT, English, Geography, History, RE (twice), Maths.

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