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

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

Quiz Builder is making quiz authoring three times easier

Last month we completed our Quiz Builder project. The aim was to make quiz authoring easier, and to increase quality by encouraging authors to choose the highest-quality available questions in preference to writing new ones.

Did it work? Here are the monthly statistics for February, compared with the same month last year:

February of 2014 2013
Quizzes compiled 210 187
Questions authored 503 1382
New questions per quiz 2.4 7.4

Authors created approximately as many quizzes as last Feb (within normal variation) but they  Continue reading

Introducing Question Bombs

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We now have an astonishing 288,000 questions in the Yacapaca question bank. Many of them were written by truly talented authors and do a great job of formative assessment.

Some questions, unfortunately, weren’t. And don’t.

I have now recruited the most brutal critics on the planet to weed out the sub-standard questions: your students. Continue reading