Quick Key – Not Just For Multiple Choice Questions

Those familiar with QK will know that it’s a perfect fit for multiple choice questions. But this semester I found a way to use QK in an exam for my college level English students that included both multiple choice questions and open questions (where students write a paragraph or more).

To make QK work for open questions, I needed to create a number of criteria for a single question and associate each criteria with a single QK multiple choice question. For example, question 11 in my exam asked students to write an email and had 5 criteria:

Question 11

  • Criteria 1: Mention your ‘Common acquaintance’. (QK Question 11).
  • Criteria 2: Your ‘Reason for writing’.(QK Question 12).
  • Criteria 3: Be ‘Giving information’ in general (QK Question 13).
  • Criteria 4: Make reference to ‘Attachments’ with more detailed information. (QK Question 14)
    Criteria 5: Write some ‘Final comments’ and ‘Close’.(QK Question 15)

Take a closer look at my exam paper here if you want: Quick Key Mixed Question Type Exam

If the student satisfied a single criteria, I simply marked A on their mark sheet (which I designated as the correct answer when setting up my quiz on the QK website) and if they did not satisfy the criteria I simply marked B. Now obviously open questions require the teacher to fill in the bubble on the student Quick Key bubble sheet themselves, but in my experience this still delivers overall a significant time saving: I read, decide if the answer has satisfied the criteria and then mark either A/B. I mark swiftly this way and when I am done filling in the open questions on the bubble sheet I can scan and collect all the marks (student and teacher chosen) swiftly with my iPhone QK app.

Is this high quality marking? For criteria based marking I think it is. And I am still able to take time out and jot comments in the margins of a students exam paper if I want to!

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