On-line Quiz Program: Introduction

Overview: This program lets you set up a series of questions that respondents can complete online, with automatic grading and feedback features. There is a flexible array of question types from which to choose. Questions can be given short titles that help you select which questions to retrieve when setting up a quiz. Test results can be viewed in various formats (either with each student's paper listed separately, or in a table with answers in columns organized by question, and with aggregate results along the edges of each column and row). Blocks of data (coded or uncoded) can be extracted easily into spreadsheet programs for subsequent analysis.

Display Options for Viewing Test Results:

  • Revisions: The view screens let you review and revise questions, with no risk of losing existing response data.

  • Tabular Display: You can decide how to organize the data: by student with a list of question titles and answers, or in a tabular form where each student's responses are in a row, and each answer constitutes a column.

  • Formatting: A reversible truncation feature lets you tailor the data and improve the readability of a summary data table.

  • Omitting Responses: The results pages let you hide and restore all answers from selected respondents, e.g. to omit data used in testing or data from unauthorized respondents.

  • Messages: You may send a message at any time that will appear in red at the top of the students' submit screens.

  • Aggregate Results: For questions with multiple options, the tabular display also reports aggregate numbers of responses for each answer option, which helps the instructor focus subsequent discussion on areas of common confusion.

  • Ratings: There is an optional rating scale (from 1 to 5) that lets you rate and rank the test-takers. Responses can be ordered by rating, last name, or by submission time.

  • Extracting Data: The Create Data Table links generate unformatted blocks of data with column headings (separated by spaces), which can be copied and pasted into a spreadsheet program like Excel. The data blocks are generated two ways: using wording from selected answers and using the coded number of the response option, so coding is automatic.

You have the option of providing feedback comments associated with each answer, correct or incorrect, which may help students understand why they missed particular questions. You provide a title for the test (for the top of each page seen by respondents), along with opening and closing statements, which can be used for instructions and to tell students about when or how results will be made available.

To set up a quiz, you will need your Veconlab "session name." You will be given a new session name for this questionnaire (as explained on the next page), so that you can continue to use your current one to run classroom experiments and/or online surveys, without interfering with the testing process. The people who log in to complete the quiz will use your new quiz session name.

Please send commments and suggestions to: veconlab@gmail.com

Vecon Lab - June 3, 2020