Tuesday, July 2, 2019
Quillionz - Get Quiz Questions Automatically Generated From Documents
Quillionz is a new service that makes it super easy to have a set of reading comprehension questions and quiz questions generated from a passage of text. There is a free version and pro (paid) version of Quillionz. This post is about the capabilities of the free version.
To get started using Quillionz you will need to create a free account on the site. You can do that by connecting your Google account, connecting your Facebook account, or by signing up with any email address that you have. Once you have registered you can begin using the service.
In your Quillionz dashboard click "new content" and you'll see a screen on which you can type or paste a passage of text. Your passage must be at least 300 words and no more than 3,000 words. Once you're text is in place Quillionz give it a title and select a "domain" for it. "Domain" is the term that Quillionz uses for what most of us would call a subject or topic. After you have done that, Quillionz will generate a set of keywords or tags that you can select as focus terms for your questions.
Based the text you supplied, the keywords you've chosen, and the domain/ subject you've chosen Quillionz will generate a set of fill-in-the-blank and multiple choice questions for you. You can approve, delete, or edit any of the suggested questions. When you're happy with the list of questions you can save them as a text document, print them, or export them to Quillionz's companion service Quilli Quiz. Quilli Quiz is a flashcard service.
All of the features outlined above are available in the free version of Quillionz. The pro (paid) version includes options for uploading a PDF and extracting the text from it. The pro version also includes options for downloading your question sheets as PDFs and Word documents.
Applications for Education
When I first saw Quillionz I thought it could be a great service to use to quickly generate questions from some of the current events articles that get distributed to students in social studies classes. Of course, it could be used with almost any document that you have rights to use in your classroom.
I tried Quillionz with a few different documents. The only time that it seemed to struggle to generate good questions was I included the text from a primary source document that I found on the Avalon Project's website. Quillionz's algorithm seems to struggle with 18th Century English. In other words, it doesn't like lengthy, complex sentences.
Disclosure: Quillionz is currently running a banner advertising campaign on FreeTech4Teachers.com.
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