Timed Quizzes are a great way to deliver timed asynchronous assignments for the purposes of practice or summative assessments in Aktiv Chemistry. Here are some important steps, checks, and tips to be aware of before assigning your first Timed Quiz.
Don't make a quiz or exam your first required assignment
Aktiv Chemistry is an intuitive platform for students, but we recommend that no student's first exposure to the platform be under a time-sensitive or a high-stakes environment such as a quiz or exam.
Within an academic term, some instructors using the platform may plan to use Aktiv Chemistry for any combination of In-Class activities, Homework Assignments, Extra Practice, and Timed Quizzes. If this is the case, we recommend first assigning at least one planned assignment, such as a Homework assignment, before your first Timed Quiz. This will allow students to first experience Aktiv Chemistry in a learning environment before the first Timed Quiz or assessment.
If you do not have any other planned assignments, we recommend creating a practice quiz before the first graded Timed Quiz. This can be accomplished by creating an additional Timed Quiz assignment with an appropriate name such as in the screenshot below. Providing a practice quiz will give your students some exposure to the Timed Quiz format in Aktiv Chemistry before their first high-stakes assignment. A practice quiz can always be excluded from a student's main quiz grade, but keep in mind that students will often need some incentive to participate in a practice quiz.
Explore Aktiv Chemistry's Question Bank
Aktiv Chemistry has a great selection of answer types including some highly interactive chemistry-specific types such as Dimensional Analysis, Smart Suggestions, and ICE Tables. You may want to explore the filters to find questions with various answer types using this article.
Aktiv Chemistry's Question Bank includes a helpful feature that marks what questions have been previously assigned as you work on new assignments on the button where you would add it or remove it from the current assignment.
Check your Pedagogy & Grading settings
Aktiv Chemistry includes a number of settings for Timed Quizzes including some that prevent unwanted collaboration on assessments and others that allow for variable point values. These can be found under the Grading tab when making an assignment.
Hide Instant Feedback
We recommend enabling the Hide Instant Feedback setting to hide any answers and grading until all students have finished the Timed Quiz. By selecting Hide Instant Feedback, you then have the option to release Manually or at the Final Due Date.
Block Access after Quiz
If desired, you can block access to a quiz once the student has completed it. This is in addition to holding back grades and will mean students cannot check the questions on the quiz. To turn this on, make sure the toggle is on for the option labeled "Block access to this Timed Quiz after the student completes the assignment until grades and feedback are released".
We recommend enabling Algorithmic Problems to randomize numbers, words, or compounds within any algorithmically enabled questions. You can find algorithmically enabled questions by looking for the grey Algorithmic badge in the question bank per the screenshots below.
Question Points & Order
Under advanced grading, you will find the option to have Consistent or Variable Question Points and Ordered or Randomized question order.
You will want to use Variable Question Points when there are questions of varying time required to solve or difficulty. You can also set the default to the point value most questions will have to make it easier to adjust other question values.
If appropriate, you can also enable Randomized Question Ordering to scramble the order of questions for each of your students.
Hiding Other Assignments
The final option on this menu will be Hide all other assignments when this quiz/exam is in progress. This means students will be locked out of looking at any other question while the quiz is active. This is a very useful way to keep students from using other Aktiv assignments to assist them with their quiz.
Finding the right Time Limit
The Total Time Limit of your Quiz is also an important factor in preventing unwanted collaboration among students. Generally, we recommend giving enough time so that a student who has mastered the material can comfortably complete the quiz, but not too much more than that. Aktiv Chemistry helps determine the time limit by providing Suggested Times for each question in the bank and also tallies the suggested time. To view the suggested time, look after the Total Time Limit setting in the Scheduling tab of the settings for the Quiz.
Seeing the student experience
Even though Aktiv Chemistry's Suggested Times can be a good guide, we do recognize that every course and group of students is different. For this reason, we recommend previewing Timed Quizzes in a Trial course to make sure your Total Time Limit is appropriate. This can be accomplished using the following steps:
- If you do not already have a Trial course in your Instructor account, create a new one by visiting the Course Menu and choosing Create New Course.
Create and publish your Timed Quiz in your existing or new Trial course. This will allow only you, as the instructor, to see the Quiz. NOTE: You can always copy the Timed Quiz from another assignment as shown in this article.
Use Aktiv Chemistry's View as Student mode under the icon in the top right to preview the Timed Quiz as a student in your Trial Course.
The Aktiv Learning team is here to help all instructors who need help when using the platform. For any additional questions, email firstname.lastname@example.org.