Quizzical is educational software designed to help students engage more deeply with course material. It has two parts:
i) you are assigned one or more lectures dates from whose content you create multiple choice questions; and
ii) all the best questions (as vetted by your professor or TAs) are then made available in a pool, allowing you to take practice quizzes and prepare for course midterms, tests, and exams.
The documentation for each question will reveal justifications for both the correct answer and the distractors, reinforcing comprehension for those questions that were answered correctly, and serving to guide students to solving misconceptions that led them to the incorrect answer.
When you first log-in to Quizzical, you will see a disclaimer statement. Many of the best student-generated questions may end up on your course tests, midterms, and/or exams. This would always be done in an anonymous way, without revealing you as the author. However, to respect your authorship, we give you the choice of opting-in or opting-out of this. If you answer yes, you are giving permission for your questions to be used, for instance, in a midterm. Note: if your questions are used at a future time, your name will not be associated with the question. If you answer no, your questions cannot be used – even if they are great questions! This will only be asked once per course.
Once you are logged in, you will be taken to your dashboard. You will see a menu at the top, with links to “Take A Quiz” and learn about “Writing Effective Questions”. Below, you will see two sections: i) My Questions, where assigned questions and their due dates are listed; ii) Quiz Statistics, showing your performance on questions from each lecture and by date. Pay particular attention to the due dates shown, as you will be responsible for submitting your questions by this time. Refer to the “Submitting questions” tip-sheet for more information on how to submit your question.