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In-video quizzes are a type of informal assessment that appears within lecture videos, typically after a key concept has been explained. They facilitate retrieval-based learning and enable students to test their understanding on the spot. Students are not formally graded on in-video quizzes, and correct answers are not required to continue watching the rest of the lecture video.
In-video quizzes are available only to students who stream the lecture videos, but not available to those who download the videos and watch them offline. As a result, in-video quiz results cannot be factored into the final grade of a course.
In-video quiz questions are usually designed such that a student should be able to answer within about 10 seconds if they have been paying attention; longer or more difficult questions can sometime break the lecture flow. We suggest creating one in-video quiz question for every 8-10 minutes of lecture video. You can specify the precise moment in the lecture video that the in-video quiz appears.
To see Coursera's demonstration video, click here.
For more information, see Coursera's support documentation on In-Video Quizzes.
Quizzes are auto-graded based on the answer scheme you provide when creating the quiz, and students can see their scores immediately upon completion of the quiz. Standalone quizzes also contain immediate feedback for students; you provide explanations of correct and incorrect answers when creating the quiz, and students are automatically shown these explanations when they get their scores.
Another feature is randomization; you can create several variations of the same question, and different instances of the quiz will display different variations of the question. For example, two students doing the quiz at the same time might see different variations of the same question, thereby reducing instances of cheating.
Different Quiz Types
There are four different types of assessments that are subsumed under the category of quizzes:
Quizzes refer to small tests that are assigned throughout the course
Exams refer to midterms or finals
Homeworks are usually regular, weekly assignments
Different Question Types
Radio: This is the basic multiple choice question with one correct answer.
Dropdown: Like the radio button question, this is a multiple choice question with one correct answer. The difference is in the display: answer options for a dropdown question are shown in a dropdown menu.
Checkbox: This question can have more than one correct answer. Students are awarded credit for selecting the correct options and for not selecting the incorrect options.
Single numeric: Usually used in math and science classes, this type of question asks students to input their answer as a number.
Multiple numeric (vector): This type of question requires students to input their answer as a series of numbers in a particular order.
Short answer: This asks students to enter a short word or phrase that must exactly match the answer.
Short answer (regular expression): This asks students to enter text that must match some pattern found in the correct answer.
Short answer (math expression): This asks students to enter a mathematical phrase using a combination of numbers, variables, operators, and symbols.
Why Peer Assessments?
Not all assignments lend themselves easily to automated computer grading. For example, in a poetry course, an instructor may want students to practice critical thinking and interpretive skills by answering essay-style questions, which do not have clear right or wrong answers. Similar issues arise when we are evaluating business plans, engineering designs, medical chart reviews, or many other assessment types.
Peer assessments accomplish two important functions in a MOOC:
Creating Peer Assignments
There are two critical pieces of the assessment that you as an instructor need to create:
Learning what makes a good assignment and going through the experience of evaluating assignments is a critical part of the student learning experience. Careful attention devoted to an effective rubric is as important as designing effective instructions and questions.
Guidelines for Successful Peer Assignments:
Click here for Coursera's support documentation on Peer Assignments.
Coursera supports more complex (programming, etc.) exercises, where the students submit something (such as code or data), and an instructor-provided grading routine checks their submission, and provides back to us (i) a (possibly HTML formatted) text string that gives feedback to the students, and (ii) a number giving the student’s score. These exercises are typically programming exercises; in most of these exercises, our servers send over test data to the students, the students run their code on the test data (on their own computer), and return the output of their program to our servers, where it is checked for correctness.
This system greatly expands the range of machine-gradable assessments, and you may want to consider using programming for some part of the assessment, even if it's not a CS class. Other examples of classes where programming might make a lot of sense could include a Statistics class having students implement something in R which could be auto-graded, or an engineering class asking students to write a Matlab or Octave program to calculate facts about flows/turbulence/stresses/etc. We can also consider this approach for numerical calculations in an excel spreadsheet, e.g., in a finance class. This is an option worthy of consideration for any class that can utilize software that produces a formatted output.
For more information, please go to Coursera's support documentation on Programming Assignments.
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