This app-based quiz series keeps students curious during lockdown

As the lockdown over the coronavirus got here into impact, Haripriya Ajith from Mangalore, like a number of different mothers, was looking for methods to maintain her son, Vidyuth Ajith Soman, engaged constructively. The Kochi native is now blissful that Vidyuth, who shall be in school 7 subsequent, has taken to on-line quizzes. “This has helped him cut non-productive screen time on television and video games,” says Haripriya, a physiotherapy lecturer, who has subscribed to Q Series, an app-based quiz platform developed by Q Collective Knowledge Solutions based mostly in Ernakulam, Kerala.

Hrishikesh Varma, a category Eight scholar and common quizzer, attests to how the net quiz has turn out to be useful, now that outside video games is out of bounds for him. “I miss quizzing. What I like about Q Series is it’s questionnaire model, which challenges me in finding the answers,” he says.

Q Collective’s on-line quiz series harnesses the concept of “edutainment” and promotes quizzing and “curiosity-based learning”. “The idea is to make quiz more appealing to students and make it a tool of education,” says Nithish T Jacob, founding father of Q Collective. He says the agency began creating the primarily app-based platform after a number of colleges and fogeys expressed curiosity in making quizzing versatile and accessible given the current situation. Q Collective usually conducts well-liked quizzes throughout the State underneath the banner Q League.

Q series has been made accessible on Google Playstore, whereas a web-based format can also be on supply on its web site. “We release a weekly quiz set, every Friday, that focuses on a relevant topic, for example national flags, Kerala, India, heritage, health,” says Nithish. The quiz units, every of which has 20 questions, are aggregated into three classes, every for lessons 1-4, lessons 5-8, and lessons 9-12. Keeping the lockdown restrictions in thoughts, a token subscription cost of simply ₹ 1 is levied per scholar for entry. A complete of 20 minutes are allotted for 20 questions, to make the exercise more difficult, nevertheless, questions for the youngest class carry objective-type choices to assist children get used to quizzing.

Q Series quiz interface

Nithish says what units Q Series, accessible solely in English, aside is the “modern” mannequin of questions that try to check logical reasoning and lateral considering expertise of students moderately than choosing a sterile, goal question-based sample. “Students are made to arrive at the answer through subtle clues. So a lot of background details and context are also explored. They are made to work out the answer,” says Nithish, including that multimedia components reminiscent of images, sound clips and visuals too are integrated. “For example, a short clip from a popular video song is played and the quizzer may be asked to identify which Indian city it was shot in,” he factors out.

Answer keys include explainers as properly to increase upon the subject, whereas each reply is offered an hooked up hyperlink to a “genuine” supply, principally authorities web sites, for fact-checking and verification. “That way, a student can read more about the topic,” says Nithish. His staff is presently engaged on tagging quiz responses on the back-end to assist establish the scholar’s areas of strengths and weak point to assist them in lecturers as properly.

Q Collective’s content material staff has a pool of 10 researchers led by two co-founders, Akhil Ghosh and Bichu C Abraham.

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