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Automatically assessed assignments

The following recommendations have been developed to support teachers in developing multiple-choice questions and other forms of automatically assessed assignments. More information about the design of good questions is given in the video "Quizzes as digital learning materials".

To use automatically assessed assignments in a course

Automatically assessed assignments can be used to support student learning as well as providing the teacher with information on what the students are struggling with, which can be used to develop future teaching. Automatically assessed assignments can also be used in examinations. There are mainly two different types of automatically assessed assignments, multiple-choice questions and input questions where the student can answer freely.

To think about when creating automatically assessed assignments

In the video, several perspectives of what one should take into account when creating automatically assessed assignments are described and discussed.

Always start with the purpose of creating the assignment. Answer the questions: Why should this question be created?, What should the student work with?, and Who is the target group? Think about How the question should be designed before the work of creating the assignment begins.

Ensure that all answers are plausible to reduce the risk of students being able to guess what the correct answer is. One way of creating plausible incorrect answers is by basing them on common misconceptions and mistakes by your prior students. 

Distinction of multiple-choice questions and automatically assessed assignments

Multiple-choice questions are questions presented together with multiple answers. There are two different types of multiple-choice questions, those where one of the presented answers is correct, and those with several correct answers. Automatically assessed assignments means assignments that are created in Canvas, for example, and are automatically assessed.

Examples of automatically assessed assignments in Canvas 

  • Multiple choice (multiple-choice question, identify the correct answer)
  • Multiple answers (multiple choice question, determine if each answer is correct or not) 
  • True/False (determine if a statement is true or false)
  • Fill in the blank (short written answer)
  • Fill in multiple blanks (several short written answers in a text)
  • Multiple dropdowns (identify what is missing from a text)
  • Matching (match things with one another)
  • Numerical answer (numerical response) 

For more information the following resources are recommended

[1] Boitshwarelo, B., Reedy, A. K., & Billany, T. (2017). Envisioning the use of online tests in assessing twenty-first century learning: a literature review. Research and Practice in Technology Enhanced Learning, 12(1), 16. doi:10.1186/s41039-017-0055-7

[2] Cox, K., & Clark, D. (1998). The use of formative quizzes for deep learning. Computers and Education, 30(3), 157-168.

Teachers at KTH are primarily recommended to use Canvas quizzes to create automatically assessed assignments.
Here you will find more information about Canvas quizzes  (in the Canvas course Canvas@KTH).

For mathematical questions, where Canvas quizzes often are not enough, Möbius is recommended.
Here is information about quizzes in Möbius  (the e-learning web).

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