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Quizzes Work: True or False?

posted: 1.27.15 by Traci Gardner

Last month, I considered the strategy of including quizzes in a writing course. Essentially, while I hated pop quizzes as a student, I thought I might be shortchanging students who do well as test takers. I decided to try quizzes in the online technical writing course during Virginia Tech’s Winter Session.

Now that the course is over, I have to admit that the quizzes seemed useful and effective. Logistically, the system was simple to set up. [read more]

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Quizzes in a Writing Class

posted: 12.2.14 by Traci Gardner

One of my college professors started our last day on A Farewell to Arms with a one-question quiz: “What is the last word of the novel?” I had finished the novel a week in advance, but did I remember that the last word of the novel was “rain”? Of course not.

I’m still angry about that failed quiz decades later; so when the idea of reading quizzes comes up, I remember the “rain” and vow to never, ever impose such nonsense on students. Nevertheless, the issue is bothering me again: Should I give reading quizzes? [read more]

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The Choices of WEXMOOC

posted: 7.2.13 by Traci Gardner

By the time this post is published, I will have finished The Ohio State University’s Writing II: Rhetorical Composing Course (#WEXMOOC), and I hope that I will have managed to squeak through with a Statement of Accomplishment with Distinction. It wasn’t the five compositions or the requirements for peer review that were the biggest challenge to earning that distinction. It was the seven Check Your Progress activities. [read more]

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