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General info on the StudentQuiz activity

General info on the StudentQuiz activity


With the StudentQuiz, students and lecturers can jointly create a collection of questions in RWTHmoodle. All question types that can also be used in the test activity are available for this purpose (including multiple-choice, true/false, assignment questions, free text, etc.).

Lecturers can then approve and, if necessary, revise the questions submitted by students. During a quiz exercise, the questions created can be answered by the students and then evaluated and commented on individually. The quality and level of difficulty of each submitted question are determined on the basis of the answering behaviour and the evaluations.

Students receive points for creating and answering questions and for the scores they receive. An anonymous ranking list provides students with information on where they currently stand in relation to their fellow students.

Selected questions can be moved to quizzes where they can be integrated and reused as regular quiz questions as needed.


1. What is StudentQuiz?

Self-tests are a suitable didactic instrument to positively influence the learning and retention performance of students. For self-tests to be sufficiently effective, they must be integrated into a course in a meaningful way.

For this purpose, these self-tests

  • should be carried out regularly
  • should have a sufficiently large question pool
  • should query relevant content and have an activating effect

2. Didactic features

Whereas in normal quiz activities lecturers create questions that can then be answered by students, StudentQuiz goes one step further and allows students to create questions themselves and share them with each other. In doing so, StudentQuiz fulfils several didactic requirements at once:

  • Collaboration:Even if individual students create only a few questions, larger groups quickly create extensive collections of questions.
  • Gamification: With evaluation points, StudentQuiz promotes the highest possible quality of the contributions as well as the individual learning success of the students.
  • Constructivism: The learning effect of creating questions is much higher than just answering them.
  • Crowdsourcing: Group ratings and comments automate quality management.

2.1. Collaboration - cooperation between students and lecturers

Students and lecturers can contribute to a StudentQuiz in three different ways:

  1. Create own question
  2. Rate question
  3. Comment on question

2.2. Gamification - integration of game-like elements into a learning context

Playing through a quiz is challenging and has a motivating effect, as participants want to do particularly well. The StudentQuiz favours this effect through a point system. Students receive points for configurable performance criteria, such as for creating a question, for a correct answer or for the quality of the questions recorded. If needed, the individual criteria can be weighted differently, e.g., if creating questions should be rewarded more than simply answering them. The points earned are transferred to a ranking list, which students can use to determine exactly how well they are doing compared to their fellow students. The ranking list is made anonymous to the students, i.e. only the points are disclosed to the students among themselves, but not the names of their fellow students.


2.3. Constructivism

The independent creation of questions requires students to deal with the topic intensively in terms of time and content. While it is often sufficient for the mere answering of questions to reproduce memorized knowledge in a short time, the creation of one's own questions is an activating process that stimulates independent critical thinking and the processing of technical content.


2.4. Crowd-sourcing

Students as well as lecturers can rate and comment on questions. This leads to the fact that the StudentQuiz participants as a whole can control the quality of the question collection.

Difficulty level and question quality (determined on the basis of the usage data):


Sample comment to a question (visible for all participants of the StudentQuiz):



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    last changed on 09/18/2023

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