Title: The use(lessness) of online quizzes for achieving student learning
Authors: Harm-Jan Steenhuis, Brian Grinder, Erik Joost De Bruijn
Addresses: College of Business and Public Administration, Eastern Washington University, 668 N. Riverpoint Blvd., Suite A, Spokane, WA 99202, USA. ' College of Business and Public Administration, Eastern Washington University, 668 N. Riverpoint Blvd., Suite A, Spokane, WA 99202, USA. ' School of Management and Governance, University of Twente, P.O. Box 715, 7500 AE, Enschede, The Netherlands
Abstract: This paper describes experiences with online quizzes in an operations management course. Online quizzes were introduced to offset larger class sizes. During several quarters, experimentation with online quizzes took place including the number of attempts, the amount of time allowed and the topical coverage in the quizzes. Three research questions are explored: what type of online quiz taking behaviour do students have? Do online quizzes help students improve their grade, that is, Does improvement occur within a course? and, Does the use of online quizzes help a class overall? It was concluded that online quizzes do not significantly improve student learning.
Keywords: online tests; online learning; operations management education; online quizzes; student learning; e-learning; electronic learning; learning improvement.
International Journal of Information and Operations Management Education, 2009 Vol.3 No.2, pp.119 - 148
Received: 21 Aug 2009
Accepted: 17 Nov 2009
Published online: 18 Jan 2010 *