Here’s a scenario. Pennywell University has a course “Introduction to Linear Algebra”. Last semester two quizzes were conducted. 20% of the students flunked the first quiz, while 80% flunked the second. On further evaluation it was observed that the students who had flunked the first quiz flunked the second as well. Out of 10 questions asked in the second quiz, 100% of the students answered exactly the same 4 questions incorrectly.
Based on your e-teaching experience, what would you make of the teaching process at Pennywell, for the Linear Algebra course.
Think about it.
The information you have, is the performance of the students for the two quizzes. But by merely evaluating the quiz results, you gain a lot of perspective on the course being taught. For instance:
- Student Evaluation: You’ll know that 20% of the students, who failed both the tests, need further assistance or additional direction.
- Quiz Evaluation: The 4 questions answered incorrectly by 100% of the students, have to be re-evaluated, or tested on a different batch of students. This can help identify the complexity of the question, and improve the testing process.
- Course Evaluation: The evaluation of student responses for the second test could help improve the course material. Student responses can help identify gaps in the course content or teaching process.
The Importance of Quiz Reports in e-Learning
A quiz or test can provide ample feedback about each student’s performance. This evaluation is objective. Student scores determine their performance, and hence their understanding of the course. But as mentioned above, quizzes or tests provide insight on the training and evaluation process as well.
Apart from the student scores, you’ll need to make a note of additional factors, to evaluate the impact of the training process on your students. For example, you’ll need to note:
- The number of students who attempted the quiz
- The average score as well as individual score of students
- The time taken by each student to complete the quiz
- The percentage of students who answered each question accurately
Now, you’re not expected to manually infer this information. Your learning management system, should take care of this. Generally, these factors can be obtained by generating reports of the quizzes conducted. And contemporary Learning Management Systems provide an option to generate reports for quizzes. Using such reports, you can evaluate:
- The difficulty level of the quiz
- The difficulty level of the course
- The modules which need improvement
You gain an insight into trends, which can help you improve the course curriculum.
Quiz Reporting provided by LearnDash LMS
The LearnDash plugin, along with the Quiz Reporting add-on, provides you options to generate reports for the quizzes you conduct. You have the option to export report for all students and all quizzes, for a per-student on a per-quiz basis, or for all students on a per -quiz basis.
Exporting Quiz Reports for all Students
LearnDash by default provides an option to export the quizzes attempted by all students. This option can be found under Reports -> Export Quiz Data. The details exported are:
- Student details: student ID, name and e-mail
- Quiz details: quiz ID and title
- Results: the rank, score and total score of the student
- Date: date on which the quiz was attempted
The details exported contain data for all quizzes and all students. To generate specialized reports on a per quiz basis or a per student, per quiz basis, you’ll have to use the Quiz Reporting add-on for LearnDash.
Exporting Per Quiz Report for a Student
The Quiz Reporting extension provides a quiz report option on a per quiz-per student level. The details exported are:
- Question details: The quiz question with possible answers, and the correct answer, and the quiz type
- Student’s answer: The response provided by the student
- Score: The maximum points which can be scored for the quiz along with points scored by the user
- Time: The time taken to answer each question
The details can help evaluate the difficulty level of the course on a per student basis.
Exporting Reports for a Quiz
The LearnDash Quiz Reporting extension also provides an option to export quiz response data at the quiz level. The details exported are grouped by each student. This can help evaluate the difficulty level of the quiz on a per question or quiz module basis.
As you can infer, the quiz export functionality provided by LearnDash, along with the Quiz Reporting add-on can help generate reports for quizzes attempted by students. Based on the reports obtained, you as the LearnDash LMS owner, can upgrade the course content, and quiz questions to improve your students’ learning experience. Wouldn’t you agree?