Administer Online Quizzes and Exams

What you’ll need to know ahead of time:

  • When will users take the quiz and how long will they have to do so?
  • What types of questions will be on the quiz?
  • Should the questions be randomly shuffled for each user?
  • Will the quiz have multiple pages, and if so, how many questions per page?
  • What kind of feedback will users receive? Will they receive general feedback based on their grade, or feedback for each question based on their answer?
  • When will users be able to review their results, and what information will they view?
  • Will multiple attempts be allowed, or only one?

Quiz Settings:

Settings here allow you to designate the open and close times for the quiz, as well as a time limit and any grace period for submissions. To give a student extra time, you will add a User Override when you are done setting up the quiz.

Here you can choose how many attempts are allowed and which attempt will be graded.

This is where you can choose the order in which the questions will appear and how often the questions will appear on a new page.

Question Behavior:

  • Shuffle within questions: Select whether or not the order of answers (in questions like multiple choice or matching) are shuffled
  • How questions behave: If you want users to enter an answer to each question and then submit the entire quiz, before anything is graded or they get any feedback, select “Deferred feedback” mode. If you’d prefer that users submit each question as they go along to get immediate feedback, and if they do not get it right immediately, have another try for fewer points, select “Interactive with multiple tries” mode.
  • Each attempt builds on the last: If multiple attempts are allowed you can select this option so that each new quiz attempt will contain the results of the previous attempt. This allows a quiz to be completed over several attempts.

Review Options:
The options here allow for complete customization of which feedback will be seen at what point during the quiz process.

Overall Feedback:
Use this area to offer feedback based on the grade users receive.

Quiz security and ensuring online integrity

I want my students to hand-write their exam or problems and turn them in to me.
Students could take photos of their exam papers at the end of the time period and upload those screenshots to a KATIE assignment within a certain time period following the exam. Note that not all students may have access to a printer at home, so they may not be able to print out an exam sheet, only work through their answers.

I want to proctor my exam and/or monitor students taking assessments.
You can also create a Google Hangout and have all students take their exams at the same time. Students will need a computer with a webcam or a smartphone to record themselves. They will also need a reliable internet connection.

I don't want my students to use their textbook for my quiz.
Timed quizzes are the single most effective tool for eliminating this strategy. A timed quiz requires the students answer the questions in a certain amount of time. If you give enough questions and make the time short enough, they won’t have time to look up all the answers. One recommendation is about 30 seconds per multiple-choice question.

I'm worried that students will give each other the answers or work together.
Shuffle question and answer order and/or pull questions randomly from a test bank (i.e. by bank contains 100 questions and each student will receive a random selection of 50 of them). If my screen doesn’t look like yours, then it’s harder for us to quickly share answers all of the questions. A timed quiz also makes it harder for the two of us to cheat if we have different questions and we only have a short amount of time to answer.

Students might share the correct answers after they take the exam.
In the settings in KATIE, set that the student can only see how many points they received and whether their answers were right after the quiz is closed and no one else will be taking the quiz.

Best practices to follow:

  • Enable Open and Close dates/times for your assessments.
  • Enable a Time limit for your assessments.
  • Set up a question bank and pull random question sets.
  • Only provide feedback and attempt information to your students after the quiz is closed.
  • Increase the number of open-ended or essay-style exam questions. Open-ended questions generally require students to have a greater understanding of the material and make cheating more difficult.

For guidance on how to set up your assessments in KATIE, contact Holly White, [email protected]