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Welcome to the University of Minnesota's Workshop on Cooperative Quizzing

For many instructors, the idea of cooperative quizzes sounds odd, even contradictory. Quizzing is traditionally a solitary assessment activity, and to cooperate on them is usually tantamount to cheating. Sanctioned cooperation on a quiz, however, is a very different matter, and is an extremely flexible learning tool when its implementation is grounded in sound pedagogy. Group quizzes help to:

  • promote comprehension of the subject
  • improve test-taking skills
  • practice and reinforce cooperative learning

Cortright, Collins, Rodenbaugh, and DiCarlo have demonstrated the value of collaborative quizzing, noting that “Collaborative-group testing immediately after the traditional individual examination enhanced students' understanding of the material and improved student retention” (Cortright et al., 107). They also reported that students felt a responsibility for the group's success so that the concern that lazy or unprepared students will be “carried along” by the group is largely unwarranted.

Cooperative quizzing offers students a chance to learn from each other as they are assessed. That is, during the quiz, students not only show evidence of their knowledge, they gain understanding through discussing questions in an exam atmosphere. The goal of this resource is to help you explore the possibility of using cooperative quizzes in your courses.

How to Use the Workshop

As you'll note by the navigation bar on the left, you can begin the workshop at any point. If you're new to the workshop, we suggest you begin with the short video workshop to get a feel for cooperative quizzes and see how they can be administered in the classroom. The videos introduce you to how one instructor at the University of Minnesota, Murray Jensen, uses cooperative quizzes in his introductory courses. Professor Jensen walks you through his approach, informed by over a decade of using coop quizzes in life science courses. In a second set of scenes, you'll see Murray's students actually working through the cooperative portion of this two-part quizzing structure.

The sections What Are Cooperative Quizzes and How to Give Cooperative Quizzes give you background and practical advice for using group quizzes in your class. The Resources section provides a bibliography of further research on cooperative quizzes and group testing.

Contact Us

If you have any comments or questions about this tutorial, please email us at teachlrn@umn.edu.