I would like to increase my use of formative feedback (feedback showing students whether they understand material correctly without impacting their grades) and would like to integrate it with online quizzes.

I'm wondering if this has been found to be effective.

My goal is to make it simple and automated. While I could write one myself (school generally does not pay for things like this), I would prefer to avoid building it (or paying). What I'm really looking for is something like forms in Google docs but would also somehow automatically and instantly score the answer (limiting student answers to multiple choice) and displaying the results to the student as soon as the submit button is pressed.

So, this is a compound question: Does using online auto-scoring quizzes help students (I believe it will) through formative feedback and is there a way to get Google forms to give immediate results?

  • My lecturers often do this too, could you use Survey monkey?
    – C_B
    Jul 2, 2014 at 8:13
  • @C_B How can Survey Monkey help me here? I'm not aware of using them for instant-feedback quizzes.
    – earthling
    Jul 2, 2014 at 8:47
  • What learning management system does your school use for posting info or student grades? Common ones are Blackboard, Moodle, Canvas, Edmodo, Desire2Learn, Sakai.
    – Adrienne
    Jul 2, 2014 at 21:11
  • @Adrienne Our learning management system is a very old one: email. This is a very low tech university. So far, all of the technology I use I've written myself...but I've got too many other things to do.
    – earthling
    Jul 3, 2014 at 5:13

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Does online quizzing help?

Yes. Some references are listed below. Auto-graded quizzes with no points will help motivated students self-regulate their learning. Of course, those students are the ones most likely to succeed. If you assign some small points then students who are more likely to postpone studying will develop better habits.

Can Google Forms give instant results? Well, quick and easy results, but not instant results, using scripts. The K12 education world is more nimble with free LMS options. Many teachers use the script "Flubaroo" to grade the form answers within Sheets, and then the script "Autocrat" to automatically send emails. I'll let you google for the latest blog posts and youtube videos on these scripts.

As best I can tell, you may need to manually trigger the process after each quiz ends. But perhaps that's a good excuse to check student answers and see how they are doing?



Bälter, O., Enström, E., & Klingenberg, B. (2013). The effect of short formative diagnostic web quizzes with minimal feedback. Computers & Education, 60(1), 234-242.

Kenis, R. M. (2011). Effects of Scheduled, Unrecorded Quizzes on Students' Self-regulated Learning.

Olson, B. L., & McDonald, J. L. (2004). Influence of online formative assessment upon student learning in biomedical science courses. Journal of Dental Education, 68(6), 656-659.

  • Kenis' master thesis gave me some great ideas. As for auto-grade, I think Flabaroo does that now (that feature is in beta) but I actually will take your advice and use this an an opportunity to keep track of how students are performing (but not counting performance on these quizzes towards their final grade).
    – earthling
    Aug 10, 2014 at 10:32

If your school uses any sort of online learning platform (like Moodle), they often (and I know Moodle specifically) do this.

  • There is no virtual learning environment, unfortunately. I am familiar with Moodle and their quiz functionality (works fine for this) but there is no Moodle (nor a server on which to install it).
    – earthling
    Jul 3, 2014 at 5:14

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