If you can't beat 'em, join 'em: Applying Softchalk Principles to Canvas Quizzes

Submitted by Diane Stonebrink on

When developing the online GER101 online piloted Fall 2015, I created modules in which students were presented with video, audio, & text content on a topic.  Various speaking & writing assignments were given, and then a Canvas Quiz was given to assess comprehension.  I soon noticed students were going straight to quizzes without accessing Canvas content pages first.  After unsuccessful exhortations to go through modules in order, I finally decided, "if you can't beat 'em, join 'em".  Previously, I had created Reusable Learning Objects using Softchalk software: a chunk of content is presented immediately followed by a few "comprehension checks" before the next chunk and more checks.  To emulate this model, I moved the videos & other instructional content directly into Canvas quizzes to enable students to read information, watch a video, and answer comprehension questions all in 1 place.  This ensured content wasn't skipped in a rush to do the quizzes.  When the course runs again in Fall 2016, I'll be able to compare quiz scores to see if the new format results in higher grades.

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Olga Tsoudis Thu, 01/14/2016 - 10:56am

This is a great idea! I have also had challenges with the students reading the weekly objectives and outcomes as well as watching the weekly video. I look forward to your results. I am going to incorporate this into a course and see how it works. If I put in a quiz, I can also have a question on those specific items to assess it.

Heather Muns Mon, 02/01/2016 - 3:58pm

I really like this idea.  I didn't even know you could put all the videos and other info into the Canvas quizzes.  I find that students gloss through the material and then try to take the quiz and often times don't do well.  I look forward to your results.  

Peter Turner Fri, 02/05/2016 - 12:51pm

Diane, this is great! I also struggle with student follow-through in an online setting. I greatly look forward to your results, and will be eager to implement these strategies accordingly!