Tips for Instructors

1. Write questions with different difficulty levels.

It has been found useful to break learning down into different “levels” of learning eg remembering, understanding, applying, analysing, evaluating and creating. See here. By providing questions with a variety of difficulty levels, instructors can encourage student to progress up the learning ladder. The difficulty levels in KUiz (Easy, moderate, difficult) can be mapped to different levels of the learning taxonomy so by designing questions appropriately, instructors can encourage students to engage with the subject at different levels of learning.

2. Decide the difficult level of a new KUiz before you start to write questions.

Kuiz can support questions within different levels of difficulty within one presentation, but you may find it useful to generate more than one presentation for a particular teaching presentation, with differing degrees of difficult. (Note: in quick KUiz mode, students will see all the questions in a presentation, regardless of the difficulty level set, but in a full KUiz, students will only see questions of the difficulty level that they have requested.)

3. Ask more than one question on one slide.

This allows you to encourage students to make links between different information on one slide. KUiz allows you to duplicate slides to support this.

4. Use KUiz as an introduction to a teaching session.

Make your KUiz available before the teaching session. The availability of KUiz on smartphones (as well as via a PC) means students will have the opportunity to prepare for the teaching session whenever they have a free moment. This can be used to encourage students to think about a subject before the teaching session begins. Instructors can consider using either use the teaching presentation that will be used in the teaching session, an edited version of it or a bespoke presentation designed to engage students in the subject before they attend the teaching session. For example, it might be worthwhile simply taking a small number of slides from a teaching presentation and asking students to consider questions on those slides prior to the teaching session.

5. Use KUiz as a revision tool.

Suggest to students that they use KUiz as a revision tool to evaluate their learning. You could consider scheduling workshops to cover areas where students have encountered difficulties

6. Use KUiz to encourage students to read outside the material you have delivered in teaching sessions.

Although one of the great features of KUiz is that you can rapidly convert an presentation that students have already seen into a KUiz, you are not obliged to do this. Why not create a pdf from material you have asked the students to study themselves, and ask questions on that. This will encourage students to study material outside formal teaching sessions.

7. Use to create completely new teaching presentations and access higher level learning.

Although one central concept of KUiz is to allow instructors to use the teaching material that they have already prepared as the basis of the KUiz, there is no obligation to do this. Instructors can create a pdf file with almost any information they wish and upload it to KUiz. By designing their questions appropriately, instructors can encourage students to analyze and evaluate material that they have studied in previous teaching sessions.

 

Tips for Students

1. Save money, save time.

Download a KUiz to your smartphone when you have access to a wireless network. Although you can download a KUIz via a 3G signal, a network connection will be faster. And it will save you eating into your data allowance.

2. Make use of the favourites section.

If you are using a mobile phone, this allows you to download a KUiz to your phone. Once you select the offline mode, you can now take this KUiz even when you don’t have a data connection.

3. Make use of those wasted minutes!

Ever stood waiting for a bus or train, or for a friend to turn up? Why not spend 5- 10 minutes taking a KUiz while you wait? You can very easily get a few hours extra study time each week, and because its done in short bursts, it will seem less onerous.

4. Take the same KUiz several times

Consider taking the same KUiz again 1 day after you first studied it and again after 1 week (or whatever period you prefer). This will help you retain the information.

5. Why not “KUiz a friend”?

Share your learning with other students.

6. Use KUiz to revise for exams.

Use KUiz for more in depth study too. Make use of the more difficult questions provided by your instructor and spend longer periods thinking about some areas in depth. Then top-up your new found knowledge by reviewing it in a few spare minutes as we suggested above.