Review by Marianne Rogowski, Common Sense Education | Updated August 2019

Quillionz

Work-in-progress assessment creator uses AI to form quiz questions

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  • College & Career Prep
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3–12
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Pros: Based on user-selected keywords and phrases, the tool quickly generates a variety of content-specific questions.

Cons: Questions don't always make sense within the context of the material or may not assess student understanding in the way you would as a teacher.

Bottom Line: Generate dozens of questions in minutes on an easy-to-use platform, but be prepared to do lots of tweaking.

Customized, text-based questions can be useful for formative assessment or skill-building. You can easily develop pre-unit assessments with Quillionz to find out what kids already know about a topic, and inform your instruction based on the results. Or create quick formative assessments from your lecture notes, class reading materials, online content, or PDFs. Teachers can also use the platform to mix up quizzes for kids, create assessments with scaffolded questions, or vary texts by level of difficulty. Looking for a more student-centered approach? Let students use the platform to create and evaluate text-based questions, perhaps sharing sets with classmates or developing a master class set.

Quillionz may present dozens of keywords and phrases, so choosing the most important ones can feel like a chore -- it may take a few tries to get it right. Users will also have to put in some extra work if they want to generate high-quality questions. Teachers may find using Quillionz is faster than starting from scratch but will have to decide whether or not the time saved is worth the benefit.

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Quillionz is an online question generator that uses artificial intelligence (AI) to create questions from texts. Teachers start by pasting or uploading anywhere from 300 to 3,000 words of text, a title, and a domain into the platform. They then follow step-by-step prompts to select or deselect keywords, optimize the text, and generate questions for review. Free question formats include multiple choice, true/false, and fill-in, but "Wh" questions (e.g., starting with "what" or "who") require a Pro subscription. Teachers can edit, delete, or rate any question, and then share or export the final set as a PDF, an editable document, or into their QuilliQuiz tool, which creates flash cards from the questions.  

 

The free version of Quillionz supports recall and retention skills when it comes to passages of a certain length, but to assess more higher-order thinking skills, the Pro versions "Wh" questions might be a better fit. If teachers carefully choose their keywords and optimize text, the question generator may free up time for teachers to spend on planning or collaboration with other teachers. The QuilliQuiz platform can provide opportunities for skill reinforcement and strengthening comprehension.

It's a neat concept, but teachers may find the questions are hit or miss. For instance, one article generated 27 questions, but only 12 were usable. Some questions may be wordy or awkwardly phrased, while others contain repeat answers. And it's important to have a solid grasp on the original text -- if teachers don't, they may not catch questions that are inaccurate, irrelevant, or, in some cases, nonsensical. It's essential to choose keywords carefully so that the questions reflect the concepts teachers most want students to understand. 

Given the inconsistencies of some of these initially generated questions, perhaps a better use of Quillionz would be to have students read the material and then use the platform to generate their own assessments, tweaking questions for depth and relevance. This strategy would encourage students to better connect with the material and think critically about which questions best address the key points of the text. 

Overall Rating

Engagement Is the product stimulating, entertaining, and engrossing? Will kids want to return?

As with any assessment, engagement will depend on the design, and designing questions with Quillionz can be a chore. Giving kids a chance to develop their own high-quality text-based assessments will do more to keep them interested. 

Pedagogy Is learning content seamlessly baked-in, and do kids build conceptual understanding? Is the product adaptable and empowering? Will skills transfer?

While objective questions may not serve to cement learning long-term, they're OK as quick checks for understanding. For a more effective learning experience, let kids generate and analyze the questions.

Support Does the product take into account learners of varying abilities, skill levels, and learning styles? Does it address both struggling and advanced students?

The tool itself is extremely intuitive, and built-in tips assist users along the way. Teachers can create different assessments to address students' learning needs.


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Marianne Rogowski Media specialist/librarian

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Prashant S. , Technology coordinator
Technology coordinator
This is a great initiative in the world of Teaching, the tool is pretty good for initial assessments and can help a lot for the quick mug ups during the teachings or sessions.
This product is still building as they say. The question accuracy stands to 70% and half of the questions makes sense with little tweaks. Mostly importantly it works better with factual content and content with more keywords in it, doesn't really work well with transcript which i tried.
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