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ERIC Number: EJ871647
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 6
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0013-1172
Online Quizzes as a Study Tool for Biology for Non-Science Majors
Muchovej, J. J.
Education, v130 n1 p133-140 Fall 2009
Students of a required biology course for non-science majors were given an opportunity to take online multiple choice quizzes during the weekend interval between classes. Incentives were that they would be given extra credit for their participation. Questions from the quizzes were then placed on the next exam. After the exam was given, the number of correct answers that students gave on the quizzes was compiled relative to the number of correct responses for any question that appeared on both quiz and the exam. While it was originally envisioned that students who took the quizzes would have a great benefit over students who did not, the results did not indicate this. The students who took any of the quizzes on line, only did significantly better than their classmates on only 21 of 56 (37.5%) of the questions that occurred on both the quiz and the exam. Similarly, only half of the students who took any of the quizzes did better on the exam than they did on the quizzes. The other result that was surprising was that only 3 (7%) took all of the quizzes while 7 (17%) of the students only took one quiz. Therefore 28 (68%) of the students in the class, took one or no quizzes during this study. This reflects the question that was asked on the first day of class "How many of you are here because you really want to learn about biology?"--deafening silence, verses "How many of you are here because this is a required course?'--noisy head nodding, raising of hands and smiling. (Contains 2 tables and 2 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Two Year Colleges
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Florida