Deciding Between Using Quizzes, Surveys, or Self Assessments

TCU Online offers a variety of formative and summative assessment tools. The following comparison chart can help you consider various options and decide which to use.

Comparison Chart

Quizzes Surveys Self-Assessments
Feedback for student Feedback is released based on setup of quiz by instructor, which may or may not be instant depending on settings. Feedback is released after completion is in the form of a report. Feedback is instantaneous after answering a question or completing the self-assessment.
Reporting for student/instructor Instructors can see individual student answers and connect the results to a grade item in the gradebook. Instructors can see the responses, but results cannot be tied to a grade item. Instructors can see who has taken a self-assessment but cannot see how individual students did, or connect the results to a grade item.
Use Case Formative/Summative – ideally suited for summative assessment; with formative assessment, the tool takes too many clicks. Ice breaker to get students to access previous knowledge of a topic. Diagnostic – to help students gauge retention midway through topic.
Use Case Pre-Assessment – use the quiz tool to act as a diagnostic before the course begins. Set up release conditions to provide content that students need based on their answers. Diagnostic – to help gauge student retention midway through topic. Self-Awareness tool – students can test themselves without the pressure of a graded item. They are allowed to make mistakes.
Use Case Acknowledgment – use the quiz tool as a form for agreeing to criteria in your course. “Check here to confirm you won’t cheat.” Class Perception – builds a community of learning, as cohort can see opinions of other students. Case Studies – use the power of storytelling to elicit answers to demonstrate new knowledge!
Use Case Course/Instructor Feedback – great for getting feedback on how a course was perceived. Ask your virtual tutor! – use self-assessments to bounce ideas off of and to act as your personal tutor.
Use Case Pre-Assessment – inspire students to engage with class material by seeing how much they already know, and convey the course objectives simultaneously.