Random Quiz Questions: Differentiate Assessments in an Instant

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Dylan Rodgers

Content Strategy Manager and Editor in Chief of the Schoology Exchange

Random Quiz Questions: Differentiate Assessments in an Instant

Posted in Schoology | July 23, 2014

There is never enough time in the day, especially when you're an educator. After spending all day engaging students, you still have to find time for tutoring after hours, grading homework, meeting with parents, planning for the next lesson, and all the other responsibilities you take care of on a daily basis (not to mention your personal life!).

Well I'm excited to announce that we have two new features that are going to save you tons of time.

Random Quiz Questions

You can now give each of your students a unique assessment in no time. Introducing Random Quiz Questions—the fastest way to create assessments using your question banks. Put simply, you can generate 50 different quizzes in the same amount of time it takes to create one quiz question!

Believe it, Schoology Community. Random quiz questions will transform how you build assessments.

Here's how it works:

Create a test/quiz and click the Add Question button. From there, select Import from Question Banks and choose Random Questions.

You'll then be prompted to select one or more of your questions banks to pull from. You can select as many as you'd like. I've selected two as an example.

Input the number of questions (and their point values) that you want to generate from each bank. In other words, if you want 5 questions to randomly pull from two different banks, as shown in the example below, input a 5 in the Number of Questions field for each bank and a total of 10 questions will be generated.

One of the really cool aspects of this feature is that these random quiz questions pull from the whole question bank. That means that each student will have a different set of questions. Even if students recieve a few of the same questions, they will appear in a different order, so no assessment is alike.

Don't worry if that was a little hard to follow. This feature may be a little tough to explain, but it is really easy to use.

Note: Having a question bank strategy and strict labeling system can separate good assessments from great ones. Think about how your random assessments might turn out if you organize your question banks by lesson unit, question type, learning objective, or even learner type (e.g., visual, auditory, etc.).

SFTP Bulk Resource Importing Enterprise Only

System Administrators, you can now import large amounts of content into Schoology easily using our new SFTP Bulk Resource Import feature. We have always enabled you to import external resources, but this feature will make any import, no matter how large, simple and smooth.

The resources that you import will be saved into a resource collection and can be shared with your organization via groups. This way you can save your educators tons of time and effort, especially as they start to build courses for the 2014 Fall Semester.

To use this feature, select the Import tab in the left menu of your Home page. Choose the Resources tab and then fill out all the necessary information, unless you have already configured your SFTP server. 

Once you start importing, you can click the Status Log link in the top right corner of your Resource Import page to view all the details of the process.

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Go try out these new features and let us know what you think. You can comment below or reach out on Twitter (@Schoology). We are always excited to hear your feedback.

Also, if you have any questions, please look through our Help Center or submit a ticket to our Support Team.

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