Quizlet for Active Learning

Decorative: "Quizlet"

 

"Tips from the Pros: Promoting Active Learning with Quizlet" (article) introduces Quizlet, "a user-friendly, technology-based quizzing system that works well to engage students in both face-to-face and online learning environments."

1. Use

"Instructors can use it to create their own study set or browse through and use existing study sets." 

  • "The content is presented as terms, definitions, pictures, diagrams, and labels, making the program flexible and effective for many disciplines." 
  • Create "a free account and then lo[g] in to create content ... develo[p] a study set by typing in content such as words, pictures, diagrams, or labels... allow others to view the study set."
  • "In the classroom, ...click on a study set and ... the icon labeled 'live' ... Students do not need to create an account but rather enter the code number provided by Quizlet to join the game."

2. Functions

Quizlet has many functions both inside and outside the classroom. See also StudyStack.)

  • It includes a flashcard function and games like matching and the Gravity game, in which "students test their knowledge by answering questions before asteroids hit the ground."
  • Convert a study set "to a quiz that can be printed and administered in the classroom ... as a formative assessment to determine student mastery and guide future instruction."
  • The quizlet.live function can be used in class with students participating with their smartphones individually or in groups -- "encourag[ing] students to use their mobile devices as another study tool rather than as a social media distraction in the classroom."
  • Games (except Gravity) can be embedded in D2L. 

3. Benefits

  • "Quizlet appeals to learners who prefer variety, change, and a faster-paced atmosphere over the traditional quiet, and sometimes slow, style of listening to lectures and taking notes." 
  • "[I]ntroverted students can more directly show their engagement with course content because they can interact without necessarily having to raise their hand and speak out in class."
  • "[T]alkative students can participate without monopolizing classroom discussion."
  • "increased student interest and motivation in course content when presented in these innovative formats ... keep our students’ attention and lead to deeper learning"

Mullins, Amy and Deanna Barthlow-Potkanowicz. "Tips from the Pros: Promoting Active Learning with Quizlet." Faculty Focus Premium 10 May 2018.