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October 21, 2019

New on OSLIS: Quizzes for Learn to Research Video Tutorials


Have you been using the Learn to Research video tutorials on OSLIS? Well, good news. There are now quizzes to help you assess student learning. Each quiz consists of 8 to 10 multiple choice questions and is available in three formats: Word document, fillable PDF, or self-grading Google Forms quiz. Answer keys are provided. 

Finding the Videos
October 21, 2019

To use a video or quiz, you have to find it first. Videos are scattered throughout the Learn to Research section within the most relevant step pages. For example, Developing a Topic is found in the Define step while Advanced Searching is featured in the Plan step. However, videos are also collected in one place for easy access. One way to get there is from the bottom of the secondary (student & educator) or elementary (student & educator) Learn to Research landing page. Look for the purple or blue Videos button. Summary: Since the videos are about learning how to do research, look for them in the Learn to Research section of OSLIS. 

Finding the Quizzes
Quizzes are mentioned under each Learn to Research video on the student version of OSLIS. However, for several reasons, we decided not to make the actual quiz available on the student pages. Instead, each quiz, plus related information, is available on the equivalent video page on the educator version of OSLIS. As mentioned above, click on either Elementary Educator or Secondary Educator, click on Learn to Research, and click on the Videos button (elementary educator, secondary educator). Then select the research tutorial video you are interested in, and look for the quiz information in the Teacher Content section at the bottom of the page. Or, if you find a specific quiz on the student version of OSLIS, a quick way to get to the educator equivalent page is to add “educator.” after “secondary.” or “elementary.” in the URL (no quotes). Example: would become…

Using the Quizzes
Having three quiz formats – Word doc, fillable PDF, or self-grading Google Forms – gives you the option to have students take the quiz as a print or online assignment. Answer keys are provided. You are welcome to use a quiz as a pre-test, a post-test, or both. For the Google Forms version of each quiz, there are both quick start and detailed instructions. When you click on a Google Forms link, you will be prompted to make a copy of the quiz. Each Google Forms quiz is set up to be used as a post-test, which means that after quiz takers finish the test, they will receive an email that shows the quiz questions, their responses, the correct answers, and their score. The detailed instructions recommend a couple of settings to change in your copy of the quiz to use it as a pre-test instead. You are welcome to email the link of your copy of the Google Forms quiz to students, add the link to an online assignment, post the link in Google Classroom, etc.

Google Forms Tip
Be sure to take your copy of a Google Forms quiz yourself before you assign it to students so you know what students will see, especially the email they will receive when taking the quiz as a post-test.

As mentioned, each video page links to a document with detailed instructions for how to use the Google Forms quiz as a pre-test or post-test. However, using the quizzes does not have to be complicated. You can use the Word or PDF versions of the quiz, or follow the quick start instructions to use the Google Forms quiz as is. The Fall 2019 Interchange issue (p. 18) and the slide deck from the OSLIS video quizzes session at the OASL Fall Conference both have more information about the quizzes. Also, both include an introduction to, or review of, Dr. Ross Todd’s concept of evidence based practice. Using the quizzes to document student learning – and to document the impact of your library instruction – is evidence of your practice.

As always, if you have questions, please ask. 

Thanks to Marlene Lee, OSLIS Chair, and other members of the OSLIS Committee for their work on this project. 


P.S. If you see “Coming Soon” in the quiz info for a video, it’s because quizzes for six elementary videos are not done yet. They should be ready by mid-November.

Jennifer Maurer
School Library Consultant
State Library of Oregon