Tech Tip Tuesday: Schoology Question Banks

by Kristie Burk

Schoology, Downingtown’s learning management system, enhances teachers’ ability to share with their colleagues. One of the best ways that teachers can share is through the use of Schoology question banks.

Teachers can create (and share) a question bank in their resources. Question banks can contain all types of questions, including multiple choice, essay, true/false, etc. For example, this summer our driver’s education teachers at East and West created one question bank that they could share.  Not only does this practice cut down on work (each teacher only has to input half the questions), but it also creates equity between the two schools.

When creating a test or quiz within a course, one of the options that a teacher has is to “add from question banks.”  Once this option is selected, teachers can choose to import “individual questions” or “random questions.”

Individual Questions

When you select the individual questions feature, you can choose any of the questions in the question bank to add to your quiz. I love that you can select multiple questions at one time and even specify their point value.

Random Questions

This feature is pretty amazing. When you select random questions and the question bank, Schoology will ask you how many questions you would like and what the point values will be.  Then, Schoology will select questions for each individual student.

For example, if you have 100 questions in your question bank and you select “10” random questions, each student will get 10 different questions from the bank. Can you see the value in this feature?

Enable Question Tracking

Another great feature in the Schoology question banks is the ability to track your questions.  When you select this option, Schoology will “lock” the question, which means that it will no longer be editable. Later, teachers will be able to run a report that allows them to analyze the results on a particular question. This can be useful to compare data among teachers’ sections or among teachers using common assessments.

Click on this link if would like to learn more about using Schoology question banks.

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