Workshops introduce Google Forms and Quizizz to assist educators with OTL

As many educators are still teaching online due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Kuala Lumpur Engineering Science Fair (KLESF) held two online workshops to help educators familiarise with two technological teaching tools, namely Google Forms and Quizizz for their online classes. Participants of the virtual workshops mainly consist of lecturers from universities and school teachers. The workshops were held in line with the fourth Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) which is to provide quality education.

“Google Forms for Educators” was the first workshop that was held on 2 September 2020 via Microsoft Teams. The session was conducted by Centre for Foundation Studies (CFS) of Kampar Campus Department of Science and Engineering lecturer Lee Siok Wei. Lee, who came from a background of computer science, has been actively involved in creating e-learning materials for UTAR students.

The virtual workshop started with Lee introducing Google Forms to participants by asking them to fill in a survey form she prepared earlier. Using the responses from the survey, she demonstrated and explained how to view collected data through a real-time response chart and how to access the raw data and analyse it with Google Sheets using the ‘Responses’ tab. From there, Lee demonstrated step by step on how she made the form using Google Forms as participants followed and made their own survey. She also showed the customisation one can make with their own form. Lee then demonstrated simple steps on how to share the Google Forms’ link and add in collaborators.

Lee demonstrating how to create questions using Google Form

The second virtual workshop titled “Online Learning with Quizizz” was held on 5 September 2020 with the objectives of introducing Quizizz for Online Teaching and Learning (OTL) and promoting an interactive way of learning. The speaker was CFS academic Kavitha Manickam. Kavitha has been actively involved in creating e-learning materials for UTAR students as well as conducting IT workshops for staff and students.

Kavitha started the session by introducing Quizizz to participants. The platform, according to her, is a useful tool for educators and business organisations to use for competitions, quizzes, training, etc as it can be used to create quizzes and lessons. Quizizz is also a free-to-use platform and can be accessed through any device with an internet connection and web browser.

She then let participants try out a quiz as she shared her screen showing the live view of the instructor’s screen while participants answered. From there, she demonstrated the basics of using Quizizz. After that, Kavitha highlighted two ways of creating a quiz on Quizizz. The first method involves creating a quiz from scratch and the second method involves taking a quiz from a ready-made template. The types of questions that can be set in Quizizz are multiple-choice, checkbox, fill-in-the-blank, poll and open-ended.

Step by step, Kavitha slowly guided and showed participants how to create their very own quiz on Quizizz. She also demonstrated the options of setting the quiz as a live quiz or assigning it as homework with time limits. After each quiz, a report will be generated to analyse the data under the “Reports” tab.

Kavitha demonstrating how to create questions on Quizziz

“Quizizz is one of the best platforms because they upgrade their tools weekly,” Kavitha said as she started to introduce the new “Lesson” option in Quizizz that was just introduced a few weeks ago. Through the “Lessons” tab, educators can prepare their slides for lessons while incorporating quizzes and polls; thus, making lessons more interesting. The session ended with a brief Q&A session.

Kavitha showing participants the new “Lessons” feature on Quizizz

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