Keeping students engaged, especially online, can be challenging for a teacher or WordPress course creator.
Also, it can be hard to keep track of your students’ level of interest and success without face-to-face interaction.
In this article, we’ll talk about the benefits of online quizzes. We’ll also go over different methods for using them to promote learning. And, we’ll look at how using the MemberPress Quizzes for Courses feature can increase the success of your course.
How Routine Testing Promotes Learning
While most people don’t enjoy taking tests, they’re super important for learning. In short, adding quizzes to your WordPress online courses will help your students succeed.
Especially when it comes to remote learning, such as in a virtual classroom or online work training, quizzes make teaching more effective. Researchers have also found that testing boosts learning in several ways.
Here are a few of those ways…
For starters, students who know quizzes are coming are more likely to focus on the learning materials. After all, someone who won’t be quizzed has less incentive to give their full attention.
Active vs passive learning
There is also a big difference between passive learning and applying knowledge. A good quiz will force your students to think critically about the subject matter and draw connections they may not have otherwise.
After all, we don’t learn by osmosis. People learn best when they’re actively engaging with material. Memorization of stats or facts just isn’t the same as gaining long-lasting subject knowledge.
Better info retention
Even questions answered incorrectly become learning opportunities. For example, when a student misses a question, they can look up the correct answer to close the gap in their knowledge.
Remember, your students aren’t taking your course out of obligation. They’re paying to learn the material, and that knowledge matters more than a grade.
Fun change of format
Quizzes don’t need to be dry or difficult (in fact, they certainly shouldn’t be). Switching things up with open-ended discussion questions, collaborative team quizzes, or multiple choice formats can make testing fun and a lot less stressful.
These kinds of quizzes can also give you valuable insight into the effectiveness of your materials. When students provide well-thought-out responses to questions, it can reveal weaknesses and strengths in your curriculum.
Progress measuring tools
Finally, quizzes can also help your students measure their progress. A person investing time and money in an online course wants to walk away having gained valuable knowledge.
Quizzes are proof positive that a student has accomplished their goal.
How a WordPress Plugin like MemberPress Benefits Your Course
If you’re running an online course on WordPress (or thinking of starting one), you’re probably looking for the best possible plugin for it.
MemberPress is your best bet.
MemberPress is more than just a WordPress membership plugin – it’s an all-in-one monetization plugin for creators. There’s so much you can do with it, and online courses only scratch the surface.
That said, MemberPress is perfect for anybody who wants to create a high-quality online course. It’s chock-full of features that’ll help you make the best possible experience for your users – and that includes quizzes and exams.
MemberPress Courses is a full, robust learning management system (LMS) plugin. Like all the MemberPress features and functions, it’s highly customizable and easy to tailor to your site’s individual needs.
MemberPress Courses features include:
- Fully visual drag-and-drop builder
- Single menu for all quiz content
- Built-in progress tracking
- Easy to use MemberPress Rules
- No complex coding required!
If you’re looking to improve your site with quizzes, MemberPress is the way to go. It’s affordable and powerful. Not to mention that it has consistent updates and a stellar support team.
On board yet? Let’s get started with how to implement online learning quizzes with MemberPress. The process is as easy as it gets!
How to Make Online Quizzes for Students with WordPress and MemberPress
An effective online course is more than just a library of passive information. For an online curriculum to make an impression, it should have interactive elements. Otherwise, potential students might turn to books or videos instead.
The MemberPress Courses add-on makes it easy to add these types of interactive elements. Some might include…
- Progress trackers
- Video tutorials
- And more!
Once you have the MemberPress Courses add-on, you’ll be able to add quizzes to any existing or new course.
However, your first step is to purchase a MemberPress plan, then download and install it.
When that’s squared away, you can activate the built-in Courses add-on in a flash.
Once Courses is installed, you’re ready to add a new lesson. The video below will show you how to do that step-by-step.
Create a quiz
Once you’ve got a course in place, you’re ready to add a quiz. To get started, navigate to your course, then select the Curriculum tab > Add Quiz.
You’ll want to name your quiz here.
MemberPress Courses has a simple, built-in block editor, featuring several pre-built blocks. You can add these using the + sign.
Block types are:
- Multiple choice
- Multiple answer
- Short answer
Pick whichever block you’d like, and drag it into your quiz. From there you can edit and customize to your heart’s content.
And that’s the basics of building a quiz in MemberPress. Simple, right? You can find a full and detailed guide in our User Manual.
How to Use Online Learning Quizzes with MemberPress (3 Types)
So, now that you know how to build online learning quizzes in MemberPress, let’s get down to brass tacks of how best to use them for your own site.
1. Warm-Up Assessments
A warm-up assessment happens right at the start of your online course or specific topic. It serves two functions:
- Learning the existing knowledge of your students
- Getting students thinking about the subject before diving in
A warm-up quiz could be as simple as a few multiple-choice questions at the start of a lesson.
For example, in an online course about web design, you could open a chapter with a question like, “How many websites exist on the internet?” You aren’t necessarily expecting students to know the answer, but the quiz can get their wheels turning.
A warm-up quiz doesn’t need to be graded. The goal is to gauge the students’ starting points and generate some interest in the topic.
2. Routine Quizzes
Regular quizzes measure progress and encourage students to commit to learning. Routine exams, like at the end of each lesson chapter, can also be less stressful and easier to plan.
In a routine quiz, you’ll recap the core information from each section of your course, and grade students’ progress. The test can be as in-depth as needed, as long as it covers the most important material:
Routine quizzes can also help you identify weak points in your lessons. If a particular test has much lower scores than others, the associated material may need to be reviewed and improved.
You might need to add more detail to your lessons or cover important concepts more slowly.
Quizzing at the end of each chapter can also help lock in information before students move on to the next section of your course. It’s one thing to read some information on a screen; it’s another to retrieve it from memory and use it to answer questions.
3. Final Testing
The final test is the best indicator of whether your online course is a success. It’s the collection of everything your students have learned.
When a student passes, it’s a sign of their accomplishments, and something for them to be proud of. Or, an indicator that they need to review the course again.
It’s also a good tool for you, as the instructor of the course. Your students’ grades on the final can show you whether you’ve been successful as a teacher.
A final assessment measures students’ long-term retention of information and the effectiveness of previous lessons and quizzes.
It might be a sign that your curriculum needs work if your students performed well on each routine quiz but failed to recall that information at the end of the course.
Final testing also encourages students to take notes and review previous lessons. These study techniques help ensure that students can walk away from your course with real knowledge in hand.
As we talked about earlier, you could vary the traditional quiz format to keep things fun and fresh. However, final assessments are generally more effective when you create individual quizzes with a mix of content.
Variety is key. Consider adding multiple-choice, short, and long answer questions to test your students thoroughly.
Assessments can show if students are getting their money’s worth from your online course. Exams also help students gauge how much they’re actually learning.
Fortunately, online learning quizzes don’t have to be a stressful ordeal for you or your students. They can be a fun and effective way to learn and gauge knowledge.
So, start using a comprehensive course and quiz builder like MemberPress today.
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To recap, you can help your students succeed with online learning quizzes using these strategies:
- Generate student interest with warm-up questions.
- Incentivize learning with routine assessments.
- Measure and solidify knowledge with a final exam.
Do you have any questions about using online quizzes for more effective learning? Let us know in the comments section below!
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