Best practice techniques and tips.
Quitch is a fantastic tool to help your learners study while on the go, but it still takes a little time and effort to ensure it becomes a habit. That’s why we’ve documented the best techniques for implementing Quitch to ensure your learners’ success.
✔ Talk about Quitch
As with any new tool that you want your learners to use, it’s best to introduce Quitch to them face to face. We’re not saying you shouldn’t also promote Quitch via LMS, email or other methods of communication—but we do think it’s worthwhile setting 10 minutes aside to encourage learners to download Quitch and log into the platform.
Learners are much more likely to use Quitch throughout the teaching period if they download the app early on, and will also encourage other learners to do so.
✔ Explain that Quitch can help identify strong and weak areas of knowledge easily and quickly
One of Quitch’s advantages is that it provides immediate feedback—letting learners know straight away what they’ve gotten right and wrong. Because questions are easily organised by topic and subject, it’s easy for learners to see where they need to put in more work.
✔ Let learners know how they can use Quitch to revise for upcoming assessments
Encourage learners to revisit topics on Quitch in the lead up to exams or other tests. If the questions on Quitch are similar to what they can expect to find in future tests and exams, it’s helpful to let your users know. Quitch provides learners with a simple way to check their knowledge levels. As Quitch uses timers and points to mimic aspects of assessments in a fun way, using the app is a great way to practise applying knowledge under pressure.
✖ Don’t assume learners will start using Quitch without prompting
You may find a handful of high achievers will sign up and download the app straight away, but generally speaking, if you don’t explain how and why Quitch can be useful, most people will ignore it. That means your learners might miss out on a fantastic learning opportunity, and you’ll miss out on valuable insights into learning habits and patterns of understanding.
✖ Don’t invite learners to sign up before their Quitch class or content is accessible
Even though Quitch has demo content that your users can play with in order to get familiar with the app, they’re less likely to revisit the app if they don’t find relevant learning content to begin with. By waiting until you have some questions in the app, you’ll be inviting your learners to a more meaningful experience, which will result in a higher uptake.
✔ Encourage users to keep push notifications switched on
Upon downloading the app, users may be asked whether they want to receive push notifications from Quitch. As these notifications are usually prompts letting students know that new questions are available, they’re a great way to remind everyone to participate on a regular basis.
✔ Provide users with new questions at regular intervals
It might be tempting to fill the app with content for the entire teaching period, and let your users work through it as they want. However, it’s important to remember that Quitch is different to a textbook. Its purpose is to reiterate new content as it is learned. That’s why we suggest that you release a few questions for each new topic that is covered. This helps keep users engaged and learning throughout the teaching period, rather than just cramming at the end. Best of all, our set-and-forget scheduling tools mean you can automate this process and save yourself some time.
Motivation and incentives
✔ Keep an eye on the leaderboard and reward those who are doing well
Educators who have used Quitch successfully have found that publicly congratulating learners who are at the top of the leaderboard encourages others to start using the app.
We have also seen that offering small prizes (such as stationery or coffee vouchers) during the first few weeks of the teaching period has worked well in motivating learners to get on board.
In the app
✔ Ensure your questions can be solved without the need for extra equipment or resources
Remember that your learners are likely to be using Quitch while out and about—they won’t want to pull out textbooks, calculators or writing materials. If your questions require calculations, we’ve found that using whole numbers is best.
✔ Be brief—especially if your questions have a tight time limit
Some learners (particularly non-native English speakers) will need more time to decipher the question and answers—it can be demotivating to find you’ve run out of time before you’ve even finished reading the question. If you must write lengthy questions, ensure that you’ve set your timer to a reasonable length so that learners of all abilities have a chance to answer.
- If using multiple choice questions, don’t include more than four answers unless absolutely necessary
- Avoid using convoluted language or purposely making questions ambiguous
✔ Curate a selection of questions instead of uploading everything from a question bank
While question banks can be extremely useful when it comes to saving time, they aren’t always the most appropriate questions for Quitch. Questions that require complex working out or refer to external references are difficult to answer while on the go, and may discourage learners from using the app.
✔ Use images and PDFs sparingly, and avoid highly detailed or text-heavy diagrams and pictures
If you must regularly use images in your questions, aim for clear, simple images that can easily be viewed on a mobile phone.
✔ Upload supporting resources to reinforce difficult concepts and theories
Quitch allows you to upload resources that can support your users’ learning while they’re in the app. If you suspect there are certain topics that will have users searching for more information, add those resources so that users can extend their learning when they want.
✖ Don’t create content that’s too simple—your users will get bored
It can be tempting to create overly simplified ‘filler’ content, just to get learners using the app while you create more challenging, relevant material. We’ve found that too much of this content can end up turning users off the app, as they become demotivated by content that feels pointless.