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Scratch Card Quizzes

Submitted by Sherry Gervais

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What challenge, problem or motivation inspired you to make one small change?

I have multiple quizzes in my course. I wanted to make them more than just an assessment tool and make them more of a learning experience as well. Students tend to be anxious and stressed about quizzes so I wanted to make them fun and non-threatening.

Tell us about your one small change:

I created “scratch cards” similar to the idea of a lottery scratch ticket. The students work in groups of five or six and each group is given a stack of ten cards. The cards are index cards with multiple-choice questions printed on them and the answer printed on the bottom but covered with metallic paint. (the cards either need to be laminated or the answer covered in cellotape in order for the paint to be scratchable).

The students discuss the question and write their answers on a piece of paper that they hand in to me for grading at the end of the activity. They may choose to go along with the group or go against the group and choose another answer. Once everyone has written their answer down, the students scratch off the silver paint to reveal the answer. The students loved the activity and it eliminated the stress that normally accompanies a test or quiz. This was the first time I have ever heard a student “Woohoo!” while taking a quiz.

What was the result of your one small change?

A big increase in student engagement, reduction of the stress that normally accompanies assessment and great student discussion on the topics covered in the quiz questions.

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