Precision Teaching. |

Hi Dale,

I don't know what you had in mind when you put in the timing functions (per
question and per quiz) but it is useful. I thought I'd let you know that.
There are psychologists that stress fluency of learning, which is associated with a framework called Precision Teaching, by which they mean
response should not only be accurate, but also fast---almost automatic. The
claim is that fluency decreases forgetting, decreases effects of distractions
and enables easier incorporation into higher level skills. For example, kids
who are fluent with multiplication tables have less difficulty with later
math than kids who are not.

In any event, I have college students striving for fluency with technical
concepts. Harris Quiz is set to present 60 (out of 100) questions with a quiz
time limit of 5 min. The students take the quiz repeatedly and track their
increases in number correct in the alloted time. Because the 60 questions are
randomly selected from the 100 and the presentation order is random, simple
order memorization is prevented.

I have just started using this technique and can't yet evaluate it, although
students do improve across the repeated tests. The students seem to find it
challenging.

I don't know if others use the time parameter (I haven't until now) but the
effort to include it in Harris Quiz was worthwhile from my perspective.
Just thought I'd let you know about this application in case your e-mail is
light these days.

The best to you.

Coleman

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