Recently I’ve been trying to locate the evidence that supports quizzing, wondering if it merits the evidence-based label. Tracking down this evidence in our discipline-based research is challenging because although quizzing has been studied across our disciplines, it’s not easily searchable. My collection of studies is good, but I know it’s not complete. As you might suspect, the results are mixed; they are more positive than negative, but still, a significant number of researchers don’t find that quizzes affect learning outcomes.
It’s easy to create time saving quizzes in the online teaching environment. Quizzes may help you check for understanding. Quizzes may provide a ‘guide’ to the reading that keeps students accountable.
However, do quizzes really improve student learning?
This article from Maryellen Weimer, PhD will help you understand the question.