Digital Tools & Techniques: Digital Quiz Tools

Quizzes can be integrated into different phases of teaching and learning scenarios. They help students to repeat and consolidate knowledge already learned at the beginning of the lesson. Teachers can use them to ascertain the intermediate status or to check the practiced competencies and contents of the respective learning unit with the students. In addition, polls help to lighten up the lessons and make them more interactive. With them, ideas and moods can be recorded directly and those present are involved in the course in a participatory way.

At KIT, it is recommended to conduct polls and quizzes using the Live Voting service on ILIAS. You can integrate the polls created via ILIAS directly into the presentation slides of your lecture without having to change the lecture medium. After creating a poll, you will receive a QR code or a short URL. Students can then use this to participate in the survey with their own mobile device. Thus, ILIAS offers you a privacy-protected possibility to conduct polls with your students, for which neither you nor your students have to create an additional account. ILIAS also offers a variety of question formats: Live Voting supports single- and multiple-choice as well as sequences, free text and guessing questions. More information on the use of Live Voting on ILIAS can be found in the recording and presentation slides of the webinar "More interactivity in online events" from 13.10.2020 (from time marker 39:30).

NEW: Since April, the voting service PINGO can also be used at KIT. PINGO stands for "Peer Instruction for very large groups" and is a web-based live feedback system developed by the University of Paderborn. With PINGO, students can answer questions posed by the lecturer during the lecture via their smartphones, tablets or laptops. It is used via the browser, so all that is required is an Internet or WLAN connection; no software needs to be installed.

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In addition to ILIAS and PINGO, teachers at KIT can also use the voting options in the conference systems. For example, Zoom offers a direct poll function for meetings. However, only single- or multiple-choice questions are possible as question types. You can start the poll at any time during the meeting and record student responses. After the meeting, a survey report is available for download. You can also find more information on this in the webinar "More interactivity in online meetings" (from time marker 24:20).

In addition to these options, there are also a number of digital quiz apps that allow students to take surveys via their smartphones or laptops. The following is a brief introduction to a few of the more popular apps.

Kahoot! was developed specifically for the education sector. Among other things, it enables a live quiz in which the participants enter the answers via their own devices. Only teachers have to register on the website beforehand and receive an access code each time they take the quiz, which they can then pass on to the students. Kahoot! is highly gamified, which means that the competitive character of a quiz (leaderboard, points, bonuses, etc.) can be used to great effect. Either two teams can compete against each other or everyone against everyone. A good tutorial on how to create a survey with Kahoot! is offered by the Ruhr University Bochum. Kahoot! is free of charge in the basic version, but offers paid extensions.

Quizizz allows for easy and quick creation of online quizzes after registration. Students can access the quiz via a link. The questions are multiple choice with any number of answer options. By awarding bonus points, a competitive character can also be built up here. In addition, students can work in teams. Quizziz is free, only teachers have to register for the application in advance on the website.

Mentimeter offers quick polls and surveys in real time. Instructors must register for this on Mentimeter's website. A six-digit code then allows students to participate. The results are evaluated and displayed in real time. In this way, instructors can query opinions quickly and (if desired) anonymously. The limited version of Mentimeter is free of charge and offers paid extensions.


Further tips

For voting in face-to-face classes, you can also use so-called clicker systems in addition to the above-mentioned options. These are electronic voting systems that allow students to actively participate in class. Sarah Holstein is offering a workshop on the use of these clicker systems on 23 September via the Hochschuldidaktikzentrum (HDZ).

Tips on how you can generally ensure more interactivity in online seminars and lectures can be found in the webinar "More interactivity in online events" from 13.10.2020 and in the previous issue of Digital Tools & Techniques.