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:

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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.

A wee note for authors about time and information

timeWhen writing any part of a question, please think about timeframe, and the student’s perception of time. In the case of a feedback statement, you have perhaps 10-20s during which the student can remain focused on the current question and the issue of “why did I just get that wrong”?

In this time, you can hit them with one boldly-presented point, and there is a good chance it will sink right into their brain. At this point, students will not pause to read a discursive argument, nor will they follow a link, or even note it down for future reference.

The place to put more detailed arguments (your own or links to resources elsewhere) is into a reference sheet that can be downloaded and studied between the first and second quiz runs. You could attach this file to the quiz where students can download it directly, or to the course, where the teacher can control exactly when it is seen by students.