Exercises and Quizzes, II


salvēte, amīcī et sodālēs! Today we’ll continue our series of posts on Exercises and Quizzes with a brief introduction of some of the types of activities that participants in Tres Columnae can expect to see. If you’re familiar with Moodle, you’ll probably be able to figure out how we created most of these activities, and if you’re familiar with GIFT format files, you’ll know everything you’d need to know to create your own exercises and quizzes for Tres Columnae, if that’s something that would interest you. Like other forms of content, exercises and quizzes can be created and submitted by Tres Columnae subscribers, and we encourage you to do so if you’re interested. Once the Free Trial subscription period is over, there will be a small editing charge for exercises and quizzes submitted by Free and Basic subscribers, and they’ll be included in the monthly limit for Standard and Premium subscribers.

Anyway, if you’d like to take a look at the exercises and quizzes for Lectiō Prīma, here’s what we’ll ask you to do:

  1. Go to www.trescolumnae.com/moodle
  2. Choose the “Tres Columnae Semi-Public Sample.”
  3. Choose the “Login as a Guest” botton. Moodle will ask you for the “enrolment key” (sorry about the spelling; that’s how the folks at Moodle spell the word). Until June 1, the end of the free trial period, that key is Caeliola79 – so type that in and press the Enrol me in this course button.
  4. You’ll be able to see the quizzes, but you won’t be able to submit them for scoring unless you become a Free Trial subscriber … or a Basic or higher subscriber after the end of the trial period.

Check out the exercises and quizzes in Week 1, and see what you think. As a guest, you can’t take the quiz for a recorded score, but you can click the Preview link (at the top of the page) to see the questions and the possible answers. As I write this, you should be able to see

  • Vocabulary Check activities for the first three fabellae of Lectiō Prīma;
  • A couple of self-assessments;
  • A set of multiple-choice Quaestiōnēs for Fabella Tertia and for Fabella Quarta;
  • The draft version of a short-answer writing activity; and
  • An interesting survey (one of several types included in Moodle by default) about your attitudes toward teaching and learning.

You’ll notice that there are external links to the stories on the Version Alpha wiki site; feel free to use them if you’d like. If you’re a current Free Trial subscriber, we’ll give you full “student” access to the exercises and quizzes before the end of the week; you’ll also be able to submit your own exercises and quizzes for possible inclusion in the site through a Moodle feature called “advanced uploading of files.” We’ll let you – and everyone – know when the directions (and the GIFT format tutorial, which you’ll need) for that are in place… most likely later this week.

Quid respondētis, amīcī?

  • How do you like the exercises and quizzes that you’ve seen so far?
  • What other types would you want to see?
  • Are there any that you simply can’t stand?
  • And what do you think of our model of user-contributed exercises and quizzes?

Tune in next time for your answers, some more questions, and a preview of additional features. Intereā, grātiās maximās omnibus iam legentibus et respondentibus!


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