How to create automatically graded exams with BookWidgets

One of the first things schools look at when introducing tablets or chromebooks in the classroom is digital assessment. The promise of instant feedback, automatic grading and learning analytics is very appealing. It should therefore be no surprise that our Quiz and Worksheet widgets are the most versatile in the entire BookWidgets library.

They can be configured to give instant, as-you-type feedback which is great when students are still learning. Or you can set them to give automatic feedback upon completion, so students can use them to test themselves in preparation of a real test in school. And of course, they can also be used to administer actual tests, saving teachers hours of grading time.

For that last scenario, the Quiz and Worksheet widgets come with a special exam mode. In this post, I’ll dig a little deeper into how this mode changes the widget’s behavior.

Exam mode

In exam mode:

  • The time a student took is reported together with the answers.
    time taken
  • A countdown timer limits the time a student has to complete the exercise.
    countdown timer
  • The test will lock when the student completes the test, allowing only submitting the answers to the teacher.
    timer expired
  • The widget will remain locked until the results have been sent successfully.
    You can even choose to remove the clear button, if you prefer.

Saving of student answers is always enabled in exam mode, overruling the “Save & restore answers” setting. This is to take into account the scenario that there is an internet outage around the end of the exam, preventing the student from submitting. We want to make sure no answers get lost, so we always save all answers. This way, they will even survive a device reboot.

Plan B

When I tell teachers computers can save them hours of grading time, the reactions typically fall into two distinct buckets:

  1. “Ooooh, I want that! Gimme!”
    If that’s your reaction as well, you’ll be glad to learn that we offer a free 30 day trial. Go here to create your first Quiz now.

  2. “Sounds great, but technology can fail.”
    That’s certainly true. Internet could go down and devices can die at the most inconvenient of times. Luckily, we have a built-in “Plan B” for you.

The Quiz and Worksheet widgets can be printed to PDF. We’ll automatically adjust the color scheme and layout to improve legibility. So when hell freezes over, you can elegantly switch gears and hand out paper copies of your test.

elegant recovery

No automatic grading in that case though 😭

For details on how to print your Quiz to PDF, check this blog post: Advanced Features explained: Printing BookWidgets quizzes

Want to try your hand at taking automatically graded tests with BookWidgets? We offer a free 30-day trial.

Niels Vanspauwen

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