At a structural level, we understand that online courses are inherently different than their face-to-face counterparts. Faculty teaching online courses cannot rely on visual cues, such as eye contact or body language, to assess their students’ level of engagement. In fact, attendance itself can become something of an enigma. With students logging in at all hours of the day, how do you determine which students are present, participating, or possibly falling behind?
As these questions arise, you may find yourself pondering how online technology will help you organize your course. While the right tools (such as the Kaltura quiz function) may prove to be wonderful assets, the ultimate success of an online course is rooted in accessibility and strong pedagogy.
One way to build an effective online course is to embrace its unique ability to reach diverse groups of individuals. Some students actively seek out online courses because they have a strong preference for this method of delivery. Others may feel they cannot commit to a face-to-face course’s fixed schedule. Whether by choice or circumstance, students enrolled in online courses are no less dedicated to their studies, but they may require a different learning structure.
The Kaltura quiz is one example of a tool you can use to create an interactive online learning environment. This feature allows you to take a video, either one you have recorded or one you found on YouTube, and insert a series of quiz questions. As the video progresses, students must pause periodically to answer questions related to the video content, which encourages them to be engaged learners.
The Kaltura quiz function is also highly customizable. You can choose from true/false, multiple choice, or essay style questions. You can also adjust the settings to optimize the student learning experience; for instance, you can prevent students from fast forwarding through the video until they have submitted an answer. Kaltura quizzes can also be assigned point values, and students will be alerted at the start of the video that it is a graded exercise.
By integrating video quizzes into online lecture and video learning materials, faculty can embrace effective asynchronous learning facilitation. However, while you can assign due dates for assessments, students are ultimately responsible for planning when to log in to complete these learning activities.
While Kaltura is only one of many tools that NIU has to offer, it presents an opportunity to redefine how we teach online. The technology we have at our fingertips is only hindered by our imagination. As long as we prioritize our students’ learning, we are well on our way to replacing passive learning experiences with meaningful, challenging, and engaging learning activities.
For instructions on how to create a Kaltura video quiz, please visit Kaltura’s tutorial webpage.