Working with adaptive quizzes: A beginners guide
Is there anything more demotivating than working with content that is either too difficult or too easy?
Adaptive learning to the rescue! Adaptive learning platforms are systems that based on adaptive quizzes
- Map the learners’ proficiency levels
- Identify knowledge gaps
- Curate an individual learning path for the individual student
- Modifies the individual learning path continuously based on data
Adaptive learning technology has huge potential. Still, it is important that we understand the mechanisms behind the hype to ensure we are making informed decisions on behalf of our students or colleagues. Let’s take a closer look at the quizzes that form the foundation of the individual learning path on adaptive learning platforms.
Two quizzes, one goal: Understanding you!
At CanopyLAB, our adaptive quizzes come in two formats: The repeat format and the difficulty format.
Adaptive Quiz: Repeat Format
Behind the repeat format quiz lies the notion of ‘Practice makes perfect’. The key structure behind this kind of adaptive quiz lets the learner train continuously, as it requires the learner to go through the sample of questions over and over again until they answer all the questions correctly. In loops, the learner will meet the questions that were answered incorrectly to correct them but also meet questions that were answered correctly for reinforcement purposes.
In loops, the learner will meet the questions that were answered incorrectly to correct them but also meet questions that were answered correctly for reinforcement purposes.
The adaptive repeat quiz has a great structure if you want to give the learner a chance to train and succeed. It is a quiz format that is particularly useful for topics where repetition is crucial for learning. On the other hand, this quiz format is not well suited for testing purposes but should be thought of as a testing ground.
The adaptive repeat quiz has a great structure if you want to give the learner a chance to train and succeed. It is a quiz format that is particularly useful for topics where repetition is crucial for learning.
Adaptive quiz: Difficulty format
You might already have come across the adaptive quiz difficulty format. The quiz ensures that the level of the questions adapts according to the learner’s answers; if the learner answers incorrectly, the system will feed the learner easier questions. In the opposite scenario, the questions will become more challenging as the learner rises in level. This quiz is excellent in detecting knowledge gaps and suggesting a further personalized learning process.
This quiz is excellent in detecting knowledge gaps and suggesting a further personalized learning process.
If a learner is challenged too much, the learner is likely to lose faith and even feel anxiety. If the learner isn’t challenged at all, he or she will probably lose interest and eventually faith and engagement. In order for the learning process to have the right conditions, we need to locate the zone right in the middle of these two scenarios – where the learner is challenged just enough to actually learn. And this is where the difficulty format really comes into play.
Are you ready to start working with adaptive quizzes? Book a demo of CanopyLABs social and adaptive learning platform today!