20 November 2018

Quizzing with AI


I look out through the window pane, through the rain, through the neon flashing lights,  at the sleeping city below me. I should be asleep as well, but....

There is still a test to write for tomorrow. Another cup of tea, another glance at the rain drenched urban night.  Fresh ideas for a test elude me. I stare impatiently at the blank screen, struggling against the tiredness which seeps though me. Flickering light from the outside reminds me that I must complete this task before tomorrow. Tomorrow.... 

Where is my test? What format shall I give it?

The rain continues and my screen remains blank.

For the record, none of the above is really factual - I neither live in a big urban centre nor do I leave assessments to be written at the end of the day. Nonetheless, I do remember times,  when, at the end of a busy day, I still had to write a test/quiz for that particular week. For that purpose I needed to set aside quiet time, revise what I had written, tweak, correct, consider the degree of learner achievement, the degree of challenge, purpose of the quiz, timing of the quiz and so forth. 

Does any of that sound familiar to you? And if so, have you ever wished that you could sit at the screen and somewhat magically, a quiz would write itself? Enter Quillionz

Quillionz is a tool to create quizzes with the aid of AI. 

As with most digital tools you need to sign up and then simply begin "designing" your test or quiz. 

For the sake of testing it out, I chose parts of a random text from Georgia O’Keeffe on the Art of Seeing and below I include images of the steps and the final result. 




There are 4 steps:

1 - Selecting content which pasted into the Quillionz interface (slide 1); you then have the choice of the pull down menu to indicate which field of study the test belongs to (i.e. science, history, humanities and so on); at the bottom of the screen you will have feedback on whether there are enough words to create the test and then the choice to proceed or not. After submitting the content, you are given the choice of key words taken from the content you provided.

2 - Once you have included a title to the content, Quillionz will indicate whether the content needs tweaking ; there will be a "content readiness meter" at the bottom of the page; there will also be suggestions on the right hand side, in regard to what needs or should be corrected; in this particular case, sentences were too lengthy and there were suggestions to replace pronouns.

3 - The "content readiness meter" of my content was only at 35%, and Quillionz proceeded by informing me with a pop up screen, that I needed at least 90% readiness. Nevertheless, as this was only a test, I continued.

4 - In the last image, you can see that  17 questions which were generated - this took a couple of minutes; 1 question was a short answer,  5 questions were based on a multiple choice format and the rest of the questions were recall questions. There is also the possibility of checking variations of some questions, should you want another type of question.

Finally, you can save the quiz to your dashboard and export the quiz:



I have yet to test Quillionz further and see up to which point it may or not be of practical use (for my teaching contexts).

Nevertheless, I do find it interesting how digital tools are developing and the introduction of AI into educators' practices, in this particular case, the practice of writing quizzes for learners.

What has your experience with AI and testing been like?




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