EL3222, Cinematic Discourse & Language:
 Electronic Surveys & Quizzes (Revised)

Note: This page is not applicable for the 2011-12 academic year.

Interactive Exercises

The EL3222 sessions are highly interactive. Students will be asked several questions in each session, and they are expected to respond to them. The majority of the questions will be shown on PowerPoint slides during each session. Students will be provided with electronic handsets during each session in order to key in their answers. All answers will be electronically recorded and are part of the continuous assessment for this module. In fact the survey and quiz questions illustrate that the continuous assessment for this module is really continuous, as students are assessed in each session, and not merely sporadically during the semester.

These questions are asked as and when there are appropriate occasions to ask them, in relation to the relevant topics that are dealt with in each lecture. The answers should be given shortly after the questions are shown on the screen. There will also be occasions when students can key in their inputs in any order they like, with questions either shown on the screen or written on paper: revision quiz inputs and project feedback inputs (especially if time is running out for the latter) may be solicited in this way.

One of the primary pedagogical aims of these exercises is to unite assessment with the process of learning, and to ensure that there is a symbiotic relationship between them. Assessment should have a frequent relationship with the process of learning, and should not be a one-off activity after which learning deteriorates, or no longer takes place. The separation of assessment from the process of learning is too prevalent a practice in education, even at the university level. All too often, students are assessed at the very end, after teaching has stopped. So assessment is the dead end, and has no influence on the process of learning. In the method of teaching adopted for this module, students are consistently and frequently assessed for what they have learned or how well they have learned in each lecture, which in turn leads to further learning. 

As survey and quiz questions will be asked in each session, students who are absent are expected to deposit soft copies of their medical certificates or letters of excuse (which should be scanned or photographed if the original soft copies are not available) in the appropriate folder in the IVLE workbin.

The questions are divided into two:

1) Survey questions

2) Quiz questions

Further specifications of the above are given below.


1) Survey questions

These are questions that:

  1. Have no correct answers, due to their interpretive nature
  2. Have graduated correct answers, or
  3. Have correct answers, but the pedagogical thrust will be in trying to find out how much you know, not in testing you.

Points will therefore be given for participation, and not for giving correct or incorrect answers, even if there are correct and incorrect answers. There will be a high number of such questions for each session. In the 2007-08 academic year, a total of more than 200 survey questions were asked during the entire semester. This does not mean that I will repeat the same number of survey questions for this academic year; I may want to reduce or increase the number of questions, either overall or in relation to each lecture, if I feel that it would be more pedagogically effective.

You are not always verbally informed that the question asked is a survey or quiz question. The following PowerPoint template will be used for all survey question asked during the main sessions:

Your responses to the peer feedback session are also considered survey questions, and you are therefore urged to participate in it in order to get maximum points for this component of your continuous assessment.

A more general description of the method used for posing the survey and quiz questions in this module are given at the top of this page. In addition, some survey questions are asked in the IVLE. Most of the survey questions on IVLE pertain to the module and how it is taught, and form a smaller part of your assessment than the survey questions asked during class.

The survey questions will comprise 10% of the total marks for this module.


2) Quiz questions

These are questions that

  1. Have correct answers, and their answers are not really open to interpretation, or
  2. May have graduated correct answers, but the best answer has to be chosen out of a given set of options.

Marks will be awarded for each correct answer. The number of such questions is quite high, but not as many as survey questions. In the 2007-08 academic year, more than 70 quiz questions were asked during the semester.

You are not always verbally informed that the question asked is a quiz question. The following PowerPoint template will be used if it is a quiz question:

A more general description of the method used for posing the quiz and survey questions in this module are given at the top of this page.

The quiz questions will comprise 10% of the total marks for this module.


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