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Fall 2010 SPARK Numbers

Requests for SPARK courses continue to roll in, here are the numbers so far for the semester:

Number of SPARK courses: 2,184
Number of instructors in SPARK:  1,119
Departments and programs represented: 95
Number of students in SPARK:  23,030
Number of student “seats”:  78,671  (the average student has SPARK for several courses)
Largest course in SPARK: 804 students

For comparison, our numbers from the end of the spring semester:

Number of SPARK courses: 1,749
Number of instructors in SPARK:  1,014
Departments and programs represented: 93
Number of students in SPARK:  21,337
Number of student “seats”:  70,618  (the average student has SPARK for several courses)
Largest course in SPARK: 486 students

Strategies for Online Quizzing in SPARK

picture-3Yesterday I discussed online quizzing in SPARK with several faculty teaching large General Education courses and I thought I’d share some of the strategies we discussed:

Give a Practice/Low Stakes Quiz

Before you start into your “real” quizzes, give students a short simple quiz that counts for few (if any) points; just so they have the opportunity to adjust to the mechanics. The Quiz tool in SPARK is relatively straightforward, but giving students a practice run can be an important way to mitigate student anxiety and gives them a chance to troubleshoot any possible technology issues. If students are having issues with SPARK on their computer, you can direct them to the OIT Help Desk (545-9400) or https://hds.oit.umass.edu/help.html

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