I’ve recently been mulling when and how to provide quiz feedback.
- Right / wrong only
- Explanation of why the right answer is right
- Explanation of why wrong answers are wrong
- Something new that I’ve just thought of – keep reading!
- Respond to a batch of questions first
- Then answers are shared for marking
Unlike the classroom experience, I’d provide the score before the question-by-question review. Also I’d not provide anything more than correctness indication on questions that were answered correctly.
So what is my new idea…
As mentioned before, feedback explanations are effortful and, possibly, not very effective. A smarter way to follow up would be to ask a further question. (If you’re UK-based and reading in 2017, think of it like automated green pen work.)
This further question would be selected to investigate the nature of the misconception – asking about the same concept in a alternative or simpler way.
- For the learner, this should make them think carefully about why they answered the original question incorrectly.
- For the teacher they get an additional piece of diagnostic information that will help them to understand the pupil’s original misconception.
Driving creation and reuse
Writing these follow up questions may sound harder than writing feedback explanations – it is! The difference is that you can/will pull on existing questions (reuse) and any that you do create will be useful in their own right (the database becomes more complete).
What does it look like when put all together…
- Pupil answers a series of questions (one-at-a-time)
- Pupil sees their score
- Pupil is invited to review answers (now provided as a list with their response showing, and correctness indication – tick/cross)
- Where a question has been answered incorrectly, a further question is offered – this time with instant feedback. (this could even be threaded – continuing to ask relevant questions until a correct answer is given)
- Once the related question has been answered, pupils may reattempt the original question.
- Teacher can review all interactions/responses via the dashboard.
*QuestionsDB is a content management system I’m building for the back-end of the quiz.