Benefits of Linking Assignments to Online Quizzes in Introductory Biology Courses
Assignments with linked, online multiple-choice quizzes were developed for a non-majors introductory biology course. The assignments consisted of readings or websites and accompanying questions to help students comprehend the links between these sources and the key concepts discussed in lecture. Students were then given two attempts to take an online quiz to test their comprehension of the assignment. Students indicated that the assignments and quizzes were helpful in understanding the material. Students who took at least 10 minutes to review the assignment between quiz attempts increased their quiz scores more than those who took less than 10 minutes. Linking assignments with online quizzes is an effective way to introduce homework into large lecture courses without burdening instructors with excessive grading.
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