Students will complete up to three online quizzes every week. Some quizzes will focus on current material; others, on older material.
The quizzes will have formats to suit the material. Examples include (but are not limited to)
mapping or other visual exercises;
multiple choice; and
The goals of the quizzes are (a) to keep students current with the material; and (b) faciliate regular review of key concepts. Exams, with their anxious cramming and intermittent scheduling, are less effective instruments. And holding the quizzes online means that class time can be devoted exclusively to lecture, discussion, and learning about Rome.
Quizzes will be due Wednesday evenings, 11:00 p.m. Of course, students can complete quizzes earlier than the deadline, but doing so should not interfere with other Mapping Rome assignments and coursework. Quizzes submitted after the deadline, even if the system allows them, will not be accepted.
Each quiz will have specific instructions. You will be able to access them just prior to loading the quiz, and they will also be available on the actual quiz page. Even though many quizzes will follow similar formats, you are responsible for reading each set of instructions and understanding what you are asked to do.
Open book, open notes
Unless otherwise noted, you WILL be allowed (and will even need) to use your textbooks, notes, and other resources. That said, most quizzes will be randomized or timed (see below) or both to encourage your learning the material, rather than simply regurgitating or copying it.
This means it IS legitimate to view and even print out a quiz without entering or submitting answers, since (a) you'll likely see a reformatted quiz next time; or (b) the quiz will require some thoughtful work on your part — work facilitated by your knowing the questions in advance.
Whether or not you consult your books or notes, you must work entirely on your own.
Even with an open-book, open-notes policy, you will still be asked to agree to the Skidmore Honor Code statement prior to taking a quiz.
Furthermore, if the instructions forbid you to use a resource during a quiz, you will be expected to comply. Tampering with the source code of a quiz or otherwise trying to game the sytem is expressly prohibited.
Infractions of the Honor Code, whether intentional or inadvertent, will be taken very seriously.
Most quizzes will be timed, with a set number of minutes to complete each quiz once the page is loaded. You'll know beforehand if a quiz has a time limit.
A timer will be visible during the quiz, so you'll know how much time you have left. (You can hide the timer if it makes you nervous.)
Please note that, once a quiz has been loaded, the timer cannot be paused. If the timer reaches zero, the quiz will refresh itself and the answers you have inputted will be lost. You will be prompted to start over. There is no way to save your work and return later, so be prepared to complete a quiz in one sitting.
The rationale for timed quizzes is twofold. First, they require students to be focused and organized. Second, they provide a level of challege unavailable to static, untimed quizzes.
Time limits on quizzes to be repeated over the course of the semester will be adjusted to increase the level of difficulty.
Once you have completed your quiz, hit the SUBMIT button. If you are within the time limit, you will see a confirmation screen. A copy of the confirmation will be sent to your Skidmore email address.
You must hit the SUBMIT button in order for your quiz to be graded. If you leave the quiz page before hitting the button, the quiz will not count. If the countdown on a timed quiz reaches zero before you are able to hit the button, the quiz will not count (though in this case you can re-take it and hopefully beat the clock next time).
Do not hit the BACK or REFRESH buttons on your browser when finished. Either close the window by hand or navigate off the page using the menus provided. Otherwise you might trigger another quiz, which might invalidate the one you submitted.
If your quiz is submitted after the due date, you'll be notified and the quiz will not be counted.
Each quiz will be worth a set number of points, and the value will be posted before you access the quiz.
Whenever possible, your quiz will be graded automatically, and the results reported to your professors and to you.
The quizzes are intended to be submitted once in any given week. As noted above, a quiz cannot be graded until you hit SUBMIT. If you are unhappy with your score, you'll have to wait until (or if) a quiz is offered again.
Your total on each quiz will be added to your overall quiz total. At the end of the semester, your total will be converted into a grade, and 20% of that grade will count toward your final grade in Mapping Rome.
The quizzes are best taken on a laptop or a public computer; in fact, they probably won't function properly on a smart phone or a tablet (unless the tablet has a keyboard and clickpad). Use a computer that enables you to work on your own, per our Policies. If you do not own a laptop, allow appropriate time to access one of Skidmore's public computers and complete the quizzes.
What browser should I use?
The quizzes have been tested on a number of Mac and PC browsers, including Safari, Chrome, Firefox, and IE. Safari and Firefox seem to be the best, but any of the above should work.
Do I need any special software?
No, just a web browser configured to accept cookies. Without them, you will not be able to log in properly or receive credit for your work. If you're able to log into a typical Skidmore web page, you're probably good to go.
If you're not sure whether your browser has cookies enabled, look under the "Tools" or "Options" menus for help.
Is there a way to be sure the quizzes work before I take one?
Yes, take the test quiz ("Browser Configuration Test" on the menu of quizzes) to be sure your browser is compatible and configured properly.
What should I do after taking a quiz?
Either use the links at the top of the page to navigate to another part of our quiz module or website, or close the window/tab manually.
DO NOT hit the BACK or REFRESH buttons; otherwise, you might generate another quiz and accidentally replace your previous one.