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The potential of in-class online quizzes to promote attendance and engagement by first year undergraduate students.

Author Garry O'Regan
Abstract Recent trends in mobile computing (e.g. rapidly decreasing costs of wireless laptop computers), and improvements in college technology infrastructures (wireless networks) suggest that it only a matter of time before all students will have access to online computing devices during lecture sessions. This paper outlines the results of an action research project aimed at assessing the merits of conducting interactive online quizzes during theory based lecture sessions, as a means of encouraging greater student attendance and engagement, and providing formative feedback on student progress. The project was undertaken in the course of completion by the author of a Post-Graduate Diploma in Higher Education in N.U.I., Maynooth in early 2008. The research involved conducting a number of theory lectures in a computer lab environment to facilitate the completion by students of online multiple choice quizzes during, or just after, the lecture on the material just presented. Appropriate multiple choice questions, with relevant feedback, were created to match each theory topic to be presented. The paper will present the findings of the research in relation to the impact on student engagement, attendance and results, both as perceived by the students themselves, and as concluded by the author.
Keywords Multiple Choice Quiz, MCQ, Assessment; Formative feedback, Online Assessment, Automated scoring; Attendance, Engagement; Undergraduate; Learning; Technology.
Published In ICEP Proceedings 2010
Date 2010
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