D2L Quizzes and Self-Assessments
The question-building tools in D2L can be used to create study aids. You can create multiple-choice, matching, ordering, or arithmetic questions. You can set up large question sets and have students receive a random subset of questions on each attempt.
Quizzes and Self-Assessments both use the same question creator in D2L, and it is possible to set up either as a practice activity rather than an assessment tool. For a quiz, you simply don’t link it to a grade item and allow unlimited attempts.
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Student activity is recorded, so instructors can see individual student activity and question statistics.
||Students only see whether their answers are right or wrong after they submit the quiz.|
||Students see instant feedback while they are taking the quiz as soon as they select an answer.
||No information is recorded whereby the instructor can check participation or which topics students need extra help on.|
Softchalk Cloud is a content-authoring environment that allows you to integrate text, media, and other elements into a page that can be uploaded or embedded into your course in D2L. Some of the other elements you can add include self-assessment questions, labeling activities, matching activities, and more. Many activities are drag-and-drop with instant audio feedback when a student gets a question right or wrong.
Softchalk Cloud is licensed by DePaul and free for all instructors to use.
- Free for DePaul instructors
- Provides instant feedback in engaging, drag-and-drop activities
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- Can be difficult to use and labor-intensive to set up
Quizlet is a flashcard tool that allows for words, images, audio, and descriptions. It has built-in activities and games that are created automatically around each flashcard set and has mobile apps for iOS and Android. Question sets can be found with a search function or created by the instructor and shared with the class.
Quizlet is supported by ads, which can be removed by the instructor or students for a small fee.
- Easy to search for existing flashcard sets and copy them. You may not need to create your own
- Built-in games and activities from the flashcard sets
- Mobile friendly--students can study anywhere with their smartphones
- No way to track individual student activity
- Ads (which can be removed for a fee)
DePaul instructor Mika Obana-Changet uses Quizlet to help her students learn Japanese. Students can use her study set as a series of flashcards and other study aids.
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Sometimes textbook publishers and others provide study-aid tools specific to your discipline, like MyMathLab or McGraw Hill Connect.