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Title: The use of Canvas quizzes as low-stakes testing to facilitate language learning
Author: Manuel Oronich, Ruben
Tutor: Ament, Jennifer Rose  
Keywords: online quiz
low-stakes testing
retrieval practice
L2 Catalan
Issue Date: 18-Jun-2023
Publisher: Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC)
Abstract: Quizzes are normally regarded as a tool to assess how much new content a student has attained after an arbitrary period of time. A quiz may take place at the end of a module, halfway through the quarter, etc. However, quizzes can also be used as low- stakes testing, a technique that tests learners periodically without awarding any grade. As a result, students are permitted to make mistakes and in turn they learn from them. If low-stakes testing is implemented on weekly basis, the effect of retrieval practice emerges. This process forces students to summon the information periodically and eventually the student learns the content of the quiz as a result of completing it. The objective of this FTM is therefore to evaluate the implementation of low-stakes testing by the means of online quizzes to improve the learning of Catalan as a second language at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Given that UCLA has recently adopted Canvas as the learning management system (LMS), the application of technology proposed in this project will be developed by using Canvas quizzes. To measure the effect of online quizzes on the learning of Catalan, the grades obtained by the current cohort of students exposed to this intervention will be compared to the grades of last year’s cohort, acting as a control group. On top of that, the instructor will also conduct informal interviews with the students to obtain the students’ point of view. The results of this implementation are expected to lead to successful learning and better grades at the end of the quarter. As a collateral benefit, students are also expected to notice an improvement in their learning habits.
Language: English
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