Easy-to-use formative assessment tool to encourage students to think more actively about course materials and help them ensure they are progressing appropriately.


Step 1: Create a quiz using e.g. Google/Microsoft Forms

Example using Google Forms (also shown in video below):

  1. Go to https://docs.google.com/forms - log in and search for “Quiz”.
  2. Pick "Blank Quiz" and create your quiz. Further guidance can be found in Google's guide here.

For guidance on using Microsoft Forms, see this article.

Step 2: Once your quiz is ready, share it using the appropriate sharing settings

Using Google Forms: 

  1. Go to settings and adjust as appropriate. 
  2. Once you're happy with the settings, simply press “SEND” in the upper right-hand corner, choose the link option, and copy the link.
  3. Go to Aula and write a short description of the quiz (e.g. "Before Friday, please answer the following questions relating to Wednesday's lecture.") 
  4. Paste the link in the editor (ctrl+v or cmd+v) and press "Post".

Advanced tips

Emphasise to students the distinction between an activity and an assignment. Quizzes should be viewed by students as opportunities to learn and to help you improve the course.

You can export a spreadsheet with students' responses under the Responses tab.

Pete Rorabaugh (an Aula educator at Kennesaw State University) suggests that a good quiz is such that discussing the questions and answers reflects a structured conversation about the reading - ideally, students almost forget that they're discussing a quiz. A good heuristic test for a quiz question is whether it is worth discussing for at least 5-10 minutes.

Add a short-answer question to your quiz asking students to provide feedback on classes. Many Aula educators find that this type of on-going feedback is far more useful than the classic end-of-term survey. See also this nugget.

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