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

Managed analytics for your quizzes instantly improve lesson planning

A pre-test serves two functions, to provide a baseline from which to demonstrate progression, and as a planning tool to help you focus on the most-needed areas. We have just launched a really significant improvement on this latter function, that has the potential to make a real difference to the efficiency of your (and your colleagues’) teaching.

Click on any quiz that has results in your Assignments List, and you get a very neat analysis of what your students do and don’t know, like this…

The questions are grouped by up to 6 categories, and presented in a simple bar chart.

Sometimes, though, it looks more like this… Continue reading

The new ‘flow’ test template helps students to think through each question more carefully

If your students tend to act before they think, you will love the way we have just upgraded the very core of Yacapaca. The quiz template now has ‘flow state’ management.

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The problem:

Instead of thinking the question through, weaker students, especially, click on the 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