The desire to play can be used for learning and testing purposes. As a consequence, the Service and Skill Centre for Innovative Teaching and Studying (SKILL) at St. Pölten University of Applied Sciences and the German company PW-Solutions have developed the SKILL-Quiz, a playful teaching duel.
With the SKILL-Quiz, students can use e-learning to playfully check their knowledge, compete against one another, provide feedback to teachers through a feedback function and contribute to the development of new questions. The quiz can also be used for exams.
With the laptop to the learning star
With the SKILL-Quiz, teachers can integrate extensive questionnaires into courses in a playful way. Students can play the game on multiple devices such as a laptops or smartphones. You can start several games at the same time, in which each of your fellow players receive questions that they must answer.
"The game makes it easier to learn complex content and supports continuous learning in a playful manner as well as broadening different topical aspects of a course. It can also be used as an innovative testing method. Already with the first experiences it has shown itself to be an incentive for students to play against one another", explained Wolfgang Gruber, specialist in Game Based Learning at the Service and Skill Centre for Innovative Teaching and Learning (SKILL) at St. Pölten UAS.
The game was designed for St. Pölten UAS in cooperation with the German originators and developers Friedrich Pawelka and Thomas Wollmann from PW-Solutions on the basis of the quiz-app "MI-Quiz", which was developed by the company. The game is connected to the local Moodle-e-learning management system of St. Pölten UAS.
Also a help for teachers
For teachers, the game displays which questions were answered incorrectly or correctly. As the course proceeds, one can precisely react to frequently occurring knowledge gaps and also use the quiz as an innovative testing method. The quiz is already being applied in several courses at St. Pölten UAS.
"The good examination results at St. Pölten UAS and student feedback regarding knowledge acquisition and examination modality show that the quiz is a highly promising alternative to conventional testing methods and can serve to activate the students in class. This is not only effective but also fun", said Gruber.