January 4, 2011

New and Improved Quizzes

by Heather Falconer

2010 was an introspective year here at Visionlearning. We spent a lot of time thinking about how to make what we offer more accessible to you — the result, in part, being this blog and our Facebook page. We’ve launched updates to our Glossary App so you don’t have to set the language default to English, and added terms and names to our Glossary. We even published our Process of Science modules in book form!

And we spent a lot of time rewriting our quizzes.

With the exception of the Chemistry modules, all of our modules now have improved quizzes! In many cases it was a matter of adding more question items. (All of our quizzes have between 7 and 10 questions, now, and are more comprehensive.) In other cases it was about getting rid of old items and replacing them with fresh ones.

In our efforts to be of better service to students and teachers, we used Bloom’s Taxonomy as a basis for this revision. Not only do our questions test your knowledge in different ways, they give a far better idea of knowledge gaps. What could be better than that? We translated them into Spanish! Since many of our users read the Spanish versions of our modules for support, we thought it only made sense to translate the quizzes as well.

There are more change to come in 2011, so stay tuned. And, we are always looking for feedback, so let us know what you think when you take one of the revised quizzes. If you have other suggestions for our website, send us an email! We want to hear from you.

Heather Falconer

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Heather Falconer holds undergraduate degrees in Graphic Arts and Environmental Science, as well as an MFA in Writing and an MLitt in Literature. She is currently completing her PhD in Rhetoric and Composition, with an emphasis on rhetoric in/and/of science. Heather has worked internationally in academic publishing as both an author and editor, and has taught a wide range of topics – from research writing to marine biology – in the public and private educational sectors.