"Home quizzes" are designed to provide
feedback and incentive to learn the basic terminology and scientific
information associated with the study of dinosaurs. Most questions
will come from the current week's textbook readings but some may also
refer back to earlier weeks or specific
communication room conversations.
The quizzes are worth
about 17% of your grade. They require some special
instructions as noted below. You will find the quizzes within the
weekly modules in your In
Box/Out Box along with the other assignment submission forms.
Quizzes consist of 12
multiple-choice questions (worth one point each) and a short-answer question
at the end (worth 3 points). Unlike other assignments, the
quizzes are timed -- you have 30 minutes to complete each one. You
will only have permission to take each quiz once. Each quiz, of
course, is "open-book" but be aware that you may not have time to
complete the quiz if you rely on looking up answers. If you are
familiar with the readings and/or have taken some notes, you will
grasp the correct answers more quickly.
The quizzes behave differently than other
assignments. Only one question will appear at a time. You must answer this
question in order for the second one to appear. This method insures that, if you are
"booted out" because of a computer connection problem or mistaken click, you
will be able to re-enter the quiz (with my permission) and continue where you left off without jeopardizing the
assessment process (no student will be able to change answers or look ahead at questions
unfairly). You need to email me immediately if problems happen!
Once you "begin quiz",
the 30-minute clock starts ticking. So be sure you are in a quiet
place with some interrupted time to focus on the questions that will
appear one at a time.
A sample quiz has been
created to help you become familiar with how quizzes work and also to
help identify any changes that might need to be made to your browser
settings or security features. Please take this sample quiz
first (the points don't count but completion of the quiz does!).