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How NOT to quiz

Posted on: November 5, 2019

How-to resources are a dime a dozen. You can find answers in YouTube, Wikipedia, and more.

But it is just as important, if not more so, to learn from mistakes. These lessons are not shared as openly, honestly, or reflectively because we dislike the taste of humble pie.

Here is an example of something I experienced recently. While signing in for a lunch, a host told me that I could scan a QR code to take a ten-question quiz on going green.

Good idea, right?

Not really. The invitation was followed immediately with a hurried “You do not have to if you do not want to.” Why invite someone to participate and then hold it back?

Ten questions was also too many given how the queue was just two persons long. I would have spent more time taking the quiz and blocking the way than just signing in.

But what really made me put my phone back into my pocket was the prizes. They were small plastic containers. They were reusable, but not fully aligned to the green message.

So here are three quizzing principles:

  1. If you leverage on a learner’s motivation to self-assess, do not stand in their way.
  2. The number of questions in the quiz should take into account the context in which the assessment takes place.
  3. The quiz should be constructively aligned to the original learning outcomes.
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