Irat Trat quizzes

emily.f.53 Posts: 7 🌱
edited December 2023 in Higher Ed / Postsecondary

There's a popular kind of teaching called Team-Based Learning (TBL) which includes flipping the classroom and doing quizzes called RATs as soon as students walk in the door each class. RAT = Readiness Assessment Test. 

In TBL, the students first do the individual RAT (iRAT), typically a 10-question multiple choice quiz on the readings.

Then they get together in their study teams (4-5 students) and do the same quiz as a team RAT (tRAT). In a physical classroom, you use a lottery-style scratch card, where you have to scratch off A, B, C, D or each question to find the spot with the star under it (the right answer). If you reveal the star with the first scratch, you get full points (10). If it takes two scratches, you get 6 points, and if three scratches, then 3 points, and if all four scratches, 0 points.

When I've wanted to avoid using paper and scratch cards, I've built these RATs as Brightspace Quizzes. The iRAT is a normal quiz. The tRAT is a quiz that allows repeated attempts and shows students which answers are incorrect. It only shows up after the iRAT is done. Students have to repeat the tRAT quiz until they get 100%. 

I then have to look at the various attempts to calculate how many points they got. E.g., if it took 3 attempts to get question 4 correct, they only get 3 points for question 4.

It'd be great if Brightspace could support these tRAT style quizzes so that I don't have to look at the attempts myself and manually calculate things. Instead, Brightspace could emulate the scratch card.

This assumes that the quiz would be a group assignment, and that students on a team would be gathered around a single computer. If you really wanted to do it right, you could support students at different locations who are synchronously taking the tRAT by having them all start the tRAT and then they see how they're progressing, just like you see each other's cursors in a Google Doc.

Team-based learning is a big deal and at my university there's a community of faculty who all do it. 

 Thank you for your consideration.