The Surprising Simplicity of Schoology Quizzes
Okay. You have your lesson all planned out. A big part of it is, let's say, having a class discussion on the first five chapters of George Orwell's 1984, which you know is going to be really insightful for your students. All they had to do was read the chapters.
So how do you know your students did their homework? Furthermore, how can you gauge their depth of understanding beforehand to ensure the lesson has the maximum impact?
Your Entry Ticket: Simple, Instant Assessment
Educators use Schoology for many different purposes—engaging students in discussions, housing their instructional resources, etc. But one of the most powerful yet undervalued tools is Schoology's quiz feature, especially as an "entry ticket" or a way to gauge student understanding before a lesson.
Yes, it has a ton of options, but don't let that intimidate you. It's really quite easy to use and will no doubt transform how you teach. Just try it out, and I'm positive that you'll never look back.
Just follow these four easy steps.
Step #1: Get Started and Create Your Quiz
Creating a quiz is like creating any material type in Schoology. Just dive in. It's pretty straightforward.
- Create or designate a Grading Category. This enables the grade to populate in the Gradebook. You can create a category on the fly, just like above.
- Consider enabling Grade Statistics. This allows students to gauge how they did in relation to the rest of the class. This is great for adding a little healthy competition. No names are shared, just grades.
Build your quiz question by question. For an "entry ticket" style assessment, just create five. This is the most time consuming part but it will pay off in many ways.
Step #2: Create 5 Questions
- Short Answer questions require manual grading. If you want your entry ticket quiz to provide instant and automatic feedback, don't use them in your quiz.
- After creating the questions, you need to make the quiz available so students can take it. To do so, set the quiz's availability to "Available now" under the Settings tab (like in the animation above).
- Ensure each question has a point value above zero. The results will be meaningless without them.
PRO TIP: While your students take the quiz, add the questions you created to a Question Bank using the Options menu that's right next to the Add Questions menu. These questions can be used later on in other assessments easily.
Step #3: Instantly View the Overall Results
Once your students take the quiz, the results are immediately catalogued for you under the Results tab of the quiz. This allows you to quickly figure out who did the homework and get an overall range of understanding for your entire class.
- The Final Score column is where you want to look.
- Select the Stats icon (looks like a graph) in the top right for a more visual representation of class understanding.
Step #4: Dive Into Each Question
You can also quickly assess student understanding on each particular topic by viewing the results by question. Click the toggle and you'll know exactly which concepts students really get and which ones need more attention.
- Click See Stats next to each question to see some helpful percentages.
- You can click View Responses to the right of each question to easily see who got it right or wrong.
That's it! Your quiz has just provided you with some powerful insight that can help guide your upcoming lesson, and it didn't take long to do it. Plus, now that those questions have been created, you can use them as many times as you want in the future (see the Pro Tip under Step #2).
To learn more about using quizzes in Schoology, see our Help Guides on:
- Course Materials: Test/Quizzes
- Creating Test/Quiz Questions (Video)
- How Do I Use Question Banks in Schoology?
- How to Take an Online Test/Quiz (Student View)