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Do Online Out-of-Class Quizzes Make a Difference in Student Achievement?




College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

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How can college instructors engage the new generation of digital natives when they enter the academic world? Is it effective to engage students in their learning by involving their "plugged-in" lifestyles? The current study examined the use of BlackBoard on-line quizzes as preparation for class lectures and discussions and its effect on course performance in a psychology of child development class. The students were required to take low stakes quizzes prior to each chapter presentation, as well as pretest/posttests. The total course performance was then measured as the dependent variable. Complete data sets were available for 48 students from Winter semester 2011. Preliminary analysis indicates strong evidence that on-line, out-of-class quizzes prior to class time enhance student learning. Prior knowledge base of the subject matter was controlled for by using a pretest measure as a covariate. After removing the effects of prior knowledge, the average on-line test score accounted for 50% of the variance in total test performance over the course of the semester.

Conference Name

Lilly Conference on College and Acdemic Teaching

Conference Location

Traverse City, MI

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