10th International
Conference on
Teaching Statistics
8 – 13 July 2018
Kyoto, Japan
Contributed paper list

Contributed Paper C303

In session C4C  (Tuesday 10th, 11:00-12:30,   Level 2E - Room 1)

Use of quizzes in large statistical lectures


Elinor Jones (University College of London, UK)
Matina Rassias (University College of London, UK)
Simon Harden (University College of London, UK)
Niloufar Abourashchi (University College of London, UK)


Niloufar Abourashchi (United Kingdom)


One of the challenges of teaching large classes is effective engagement with students, both to keep students’ attention and to monitor their understanding. A simple tool which allows monitoring of understanding and serves as a way of engaging students is to use short multiple-choice quizzes during a lecture. We use a questionnaire to compare student reaction to online quiz platforms, one which allows students to compete anonymously and another personal response system which does not have a competitive element. Analysing the results, there is a difference in student preference for the two types of quiz, influenced by academic background and gender preference. Interestingly, students believed the performed better when using the uncompetitive quiz platform.