Version 2 for Classroom Quizzes

We’ve been working on version 2 of the quizzes for a long time now. Most of the changes are in the background. Essentially the whole code was rewritten for the actual display of the quizzes (not yet for the rest of the website). The new cleaner code will make it easier to add new features.
But while rewriting the code, I made some improvements also. You can read more about them here: Version 2 – update on progress The main noticeable improvements are that all the cloze boxes are now the same size and expand when one starts to type or drags a box into them.

For the quizzes that are assigned to a class, e.g. the students are required to login, the biggest improvement is, that the answers get saved immediately as soon as one clicks out of the text box. So should one for instance lose connection, the already inserted answers will still be there when one logs back in. We had something in place like that previously with ‘auto save’, but it didn’t work as well.

Recording how long a student spent doing a quiz works now a lot better also. So if you set a timer and the student logs back in, the timer will continue where it left off.

Learn more about the advantages of assigning your quiz to a class for recording answers: Create Classes and Usernames One of the benefits is that you can release the results after the students submitted the answers, so that they can view them by themselves.

While quizzes now not only look better, but also should work better, I appreciate if you could test if everything works the same for you as before. Learnclick quizzes have many settings and although I tested everything thoroughly it’s entirely possible that I forgot about something.

All new quizzes that you create are set to use version 2 by default. But currently you still have the option to uncheck using “version 2” if something doesn’t work as expected:

Remember to leave feedback if you decide not to use version 2 so that if an issue comes up, it can be resolved quickly. Please help with testing before the summer vacation is over so that any bugs can be fixed before the new term starts.

Sentence Ideas for creating Gap-Filling Quizzes

Creating a quiz can be time-consuming and you might have a black-out when it comes to creating sentences. One great free online resource is Tatoeba. Tatoeba is a collection of sentences and translations.

You can search for any word you want to find sentences for. I also find the tags quite useful. Here are some example tags that will help you to find sentences quickly by a topic:

Vocabulary:
Location
Weather
School

Grammar:
Past simple
Present continuous
Comparison
Future simple
Questions

Please let me know in the comments, what resources you use to help you create quizzes.

PS: To quickly create a gap in Learnclick, you don’t need to click on the button “Create Gap” after selecting the text. You can use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl+G (Windows) / Cmd+G (Mac)

Why I switched to Learnclick…

Online homework and quizzes are the best way to offload the tedium of marking student work that falls low on Bloom’s taxonomy of learning.

I’m a French teacher. There’s no escaping the fact that students will have to memorize vocabulary lists and practice grammar structures over and over again. Like it or not, these are the building blocks for communication. Over the years, I’ve used many online platforms to create and manage students’ online language exercises. Some of the better ones were Quizlet, ProProfs, Quia, and the Google Quizmaker (part of Google Classroom); but they each had their limitations.

Recently, I switched to Learnclick and I couldn’t be happier. This is by far the most versatile quiz-making platform out there. You can create cloze exercises, embed audio and video files, and easily keep a record of students’ results. It leaves me plenty of time to support students in the way I’m most useful: creating engaging, authentic contexts for oral and written communication.
To top it off, the developer is always very responsive in answering emails and has even implemented some of my suggestions for improvements.

Thank you Learnclick for doing the most boring part of my job!

Raphael Jenks

Version 2 – update on progress

NEW: If you want to use version 2 with anonymous answers, make sure you check “use version 2”. Everything should work fine, but let us know if something doesn’t work like it used to in the old version.

For the past few months we’ve been busy rewriting Learnclick from scratch. Learnclick has evolved to be rather complex, so that it has become increasingly difficult to add new features without breaking anything. So we decided to do it properly this time round, making the code more maintainable. Along the way we’re also making some minor improvements, perfecting the user experience.

The main difference you will notice is that for cloze quizzes, all boxes are the same size. If you have a blank box, it will expand automatically as soon as you start writing a text longer than the size of the box. For drag&drop questions, the answer box expands when dragging a box into it. If the answer was dragged into the wrong box, you can just click on it and it will go back to the top. Update 23rd December: An additional improvement is, that now the drag&drop boxes always remain visible when scrolling.

The mobile experience has become better too. For instance, if you click on a hint, it will now always be visible and not go over the edges. Clicking on a multiple choice option is easier as you can also click on the answer text. There are lots of small improvements that you will hardly notice, but help perfect the experience of doing a quiz.

Next, we’ll start working on migrating the code for storing quiz answers for users that login through Google Classroom or with their Learnclick username.

An Alternative of Clozemaster for Cloze Creators

Clozemaster is a language learning app that helps to learn vocabulary in context by filling in the missing word for thousands of sentences.  There is some gamification built in, e.g. you can collect points for correct answered gaps. The app is available for over 50 languages. The main advantage of Clozemaster is that you get exposed to a lot of vocabulary and you get to see how words are used.

However, the gaps and sentences are all pretty random, so you can’t learn something systematically and therefore might feel you are getting nowhere. This is where Learnclick can help. At learnclick.com you can paste any sentences or texts and you get to decide where the gaps should be. You can also decide how challenging the gaps should be, e.g. fill-in-the-blank gaps can be pretty challenging (although you can create hints), but you also use the drag&drop mode or generated dropboxes where you have to select the right option.

creating a learnclick.com cloze quiz

So for learning more intentionally, you might for instance choose a text or sentences about a topic that interests you. For example if you are interested in learning computer vocabulary, you would create gaps of all the computer related words in the text. Or if you are learning a particular grammar topic, for example the past tense, you create gaps of all the verbs in the past tense. Clozemaster gets all it’s sentences from tatoeba.org which is a huge collection of sentences and translations. Why not make use of this resource for your Learnclick cloze tests.

learning verbs in context

Since Learnclick will save the students answers (in the Pro version), it’s loved by language teachers. But it can be used by students for self-study as well, as one can learn not only by doing the quizzes but also by creating them.

Best Types of Quizzes for English Language Teaching

There are many different types of quizzes that can be used for assessment and practice by language teachers.

Cloze Tests / Gap Filling exercises can be used for testing how well a student understands the context. One must however be careful about multiple correct answers (it’s possible to set multiple correct answers using the # symbol in Learnclick). Cloze tests can be very effective for testing grammar, vocabulary, reading and listening comprehension.

Matching exercises are a good way for quickly testing vocabulary, for example “match the words with their antonym” or “match the words with their translation”.

Drag & Drop questions might be used if you don’t want the student to have to type the answers. Another usage is asking the students to put the jumbled words into the correct order to create a sentence. Learn how to create this type of question with Learnclick here: https://www.learnclick.com/help/dragdrop

Dropdown boxes: An alternative to drag & drop questions if you want to give students some options for them to choose from is the “dropdown” question type. You can either have the dropdown content be generated from all the blanks or create the options inside the dropdown yourself.

Open Questions are excellent if you want to test the students writing skills. The disadvantage is that it takes more time for correction, but Learnclick offers a nice online editor for annotating written answers: https://www.learnclick.com/help/essay

Finally, if several options can be correct, then use checkboxes!

Check out www.learnclick.com – the ideal quiz creator for language teachers.

Create a Fill-in-the-Blank / Cloze Survey

Although Learnclick is primarily a tool for creating quizzes, it is possible to create surveys and it has been used for instance for linguistic research. With Learnclick you can create more sophisticated cloze test questions than with other survey tools. It’s possible to create drag & drop or dropdown questions. Of course you can also add multiple-choice and open-ended questions. See the bottom of this page to learn more about all the possible question options: https://www.learnclick.com/quiz/help

For a survey, you normally wouldn’t enter an answer, but simply make a gap which can be done with any character, e.g. using an underscore. If you want the gap bigger, you add more underscores and then mark it with the mouse and click on the button “Create Gap”:

If you want the respondents to choose from an answer, e.g. in a dropdown or drag & drop type of question, you would enter answer options one can choose from. For “dropdown” questions, you mark the word and click on the button “Make Dropdown” where you enter additional answer options. For “Drag & Drop” questions, you would choose the question type “Drag & Drop”: https://www.learnclick.com/help/dragdrop

For surveys you would uncheck the option “Feedback” as there aren’t any “incorrect” answers:

If you know who your users are, you can create a “Class” with usernames and passwords so that the respondents can login and it guarantees that they only respond once.

There is also the option to record anonymous answers, although you can ask for the name. Change the option under “Visible To” to “everyone (record answers)”. Learn more about “sharing” options here: https://www.learnclick.com/help/sharestudents

If you need more than 50 submissions, feel free to contact us, we can change the number of possible submissions per quiz for you.

If you check “Ask for name”, by default it will ask “What’s your name?”. But you can override this question with a custom label, by clicking on the link “Global Quiz Settings”:

Under “Global Quiz Settings” you can also change a number of other button texts and labels.

Learn more about how you can view the responses here:
https://www.learnclick.com/statistics

It’s also possible to export the answers and import them into Excel.

Why our clients use Learnclick for creating quizzes

Learnclick can be used in all kinds of scenarios, although the main usage is for language teaching.

We asked our clients to give us some feedback on how and why they use Learnclick. Here are some of the answers:


I use Learnclick primarily in an ESL classroom setting or in online materials that my students can access by themselves through our college’s Moodle platform.

Most of my quizzes are gap-fill ones with a few drag-n-drops too.

Gary L.


I have been using Learnclick for the past three years to teach Reading Comprehension to ESL and ELL students. The main focus is to help them pass an exam which is a requirement for enrollment to and graduation from undergraduate and graduate programs at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), the biggest and most prestigious university in the country.

Basically, we have classroom sessions throughout the semester and I assign homework in Learnclick. I chose Learnclick as my to-go tool for two reasons: 1) it has a great set of testing options that allow me to closely simulate and monitor exam conditions; and 2) it’s been around for a while, with great reviews (I did my research and tried other services before settling down).

I’ve got to say that you have great support. When things weren’t working correctly and I contacted you, the reply was quick and honest.

Erik


I am using learnclick.com for something totally different: to collect data for my dissertation project! Participants first complete a background questionnaire on Qualtrics and then they are directed to learnclick.com to take the test I developed for them. The reason why I use learnclick.com is that it is the best online test platform for the test type I am using. My test type is C-test where second halves of each second word are deleted in a paragraph. There are not many platforms where I can embed this type of a test except for hot potatoes. However, I found hot potatoes very complicated. On the other hand, learnclick.com is very user-friendly. Also, my test is Turkish and learnclick.com allowed the participants to choose Turkish special characters when necessary while completing the gaps. Furthermore, contacting you whenever I had an issue while putting my test online was very useful.

Merve


Learnclick is also used for teaching history, science and even math. Some companies use Learnclick for testing their employees on internal procedures, etc.

Take a look at some of the quizzes some of our clients have created: https://www.learnclick.com/site/clients

Things to consider when assigning online homework

Assigning homework should be to give students further practice and be purposeful. Don’t give homework just because that’s something that one “does”. In this article we are going to explore some ways how homework can be done online and why this might be useful as well as what possible downsides could be.

1) Let’s start with the obvious one: Having students submit their answers online will save you as a teacher lots of time with grading. On Learnclick.com you can easily create all kinds of question types, like gap-filling exercises, drag & drop quizzes as well as open-ended questions that can be annotated online. The answers will get automatically graded and you get a nice overview that let’s you quickly see with which questions students struggled.

2) Assigning quizzes online is also an advantage for the student as he gets instant feedback on which answers were right and wrong, provided you don’t disable this option. If he got the answer wrong, you can provide an explanation which will help the student understand the material better.

One of the disadvantages of allowing unlimited submissions is that it may encourage lazy habits, that is, the student re-submits the answer without thinking until he gets the correct answer. So you might consider limiting the number of attempts he gets.

3) A further advantage of assigning online homework is that you can link or embed multimedia elements like audio and video. Pictures can of course be in color whereas with paper homework you might just print them out in black and white.

A disadvantage of online homework that could be considered is that students might easily be distracted by other things when working on their computer. For example they might feel the urge to check their friends Facebook page or watch a video. However, most students will anyways use the internet for looking up explanations or asking their friends for help. This is something that a teacher can’t control outside of the classroom.

4) There are less books to carry as the student can look up material online. He won’t be able to forget his books at school or at home. Of course students can bring up the excuse that internet didn’t work at home, but that excuse won’t work every time…

Make sure that students know how to use the various online tools. Demonstrate it to them during class time and if possible give them some time to practice before they go home.

The Personal Correction Robot

Recently one of our users wrote the following at the start of her quiz:correction-robot-1fxahhh-1hqtanl

“The right/wrong questions on this quiz will be corrected by my own personal correction robot. The written (or typed) questions will be corrected by me. Only then will your final score be known.

This is an example of the happy cooperation of artificial intelligence and old-fashioned teacher brain, working in harmony. My correction robot works with phenomenal speed, giving you immediate feedback. I plod along like a middle-aged woman (funny, that).

Sometimes, my correction robot is a little lacking in intuition. She will mark you wrong, for instance, if you misspell a word. Don’t worry, if I notice that this has happened to you, I shall override her and give you full marks; that is, so long as the word you have misspelt bears some resemblance to the correct answer.

So take it easy and don’t stress if you make a small insignificant error. Human intuition is still involved and my aim is to award you as many points as possible.

Kind regards and best wishes from your (old-fashioned) teacher and your (up-to-the-minute) correction robot.”

(By Roslyn G, used with permission)

I found this quite funny and thought I’d explain how things work in the background.

If you are a pro member, like this user is, than you can have the answers recorded. You can either create a class, share the quiz with Google Classroom or have anonymous answers recorded (you can ask for the name at the beginning of the quiz).

You can decide if users get immediate feedback and see the score or not.

In any case, as a teacher you will see the given answers by clicking on the “Grade” icon in your dashboard:

If you create a cloze test, where students have to write the answer in the gaps themselves, you can have multiple correct answers (useful for alternate spellings):

Separate the alternative correct answers with #. Highlight the whole group of words before clicking the “Create gap word” button.

Examples:
Yellow is a bright color#colour
I live here#there#at home.

The “correction robot” will now mark both options as correct.

NEW: If your students submitted the answers and you noticed that some students entered another spelling and you didn’t add that to the alternative spellings, you can now add it later using the hashtag and when you save the quiz, it will automatically update the score and the answer will now display for all students who used this different spelling as correct.

Note, when answers have already been submitted and you want to edit a quiz, you get this warning:

warning

This warning means, that you shouldn’t add additional questions or clozes, but you may still do some changes to the formatting, rephrase a question or add alternative answers as mentioned above.

Finally, this teacher mentioned that written questions will be corrected by her. She is referring to the open-ended/essay questions. The answers for these questions can also be annotated inside Learnclick, by going to the details page (clicking on “username”) on the grade page.

Learnclick can save time grading. Use these options and ask us if anything remains unclear.