At a Glance
Prospective and senior students at Career Institute of Technology (CIT) take online quizzes specifically created to help them make better informed choices about their future education and career goals.
As of the 2018-2019 school year, CIT uses the free website www.tryinteract.com to develop quizzes for students that use an “if-then” functionality. This quiz format allows the questions to be tailored to the user’s specific answers. Jamie Buczak, the learning support instructor, first decided to use the website because she wanted a way to help prospective students make more informed choices about the CTE programs they would visit while touring CIT.
Many students are unfamiliar with the CTE programs offered at CIT and so it is difficult for them to decide which programs to tour. Now, with the use of the pre-tour quizzes, prospective students can select programs to observe based on what they already like, not just what they think they may like. Students who are already enrolled at CIT but are unsure of which program to enroll in also take the quiz. Students record their results in Google forms which are then shared with sending school counselors.
After observing the benefits of the online quizzes for prospective students, CIT decided to use the same website and if/then quiz format to design quizzes for seniors. These quizzes are intended to help seniors find scholarships for which they are eligible. Click here to view these quizzes.
CTCs that want to develop such quizzes should plan ahead to address some potential design and implementation issues. Ms. Buczak suggests the quiz designers take sufficient time to understand how the website and the “if-then” functionality work so that they can efficiently design purposeful quizzes and take full advantage of their benefits. She also recommends the designers take the quizzes themselves, and ask others to also take the quizzes, to make sure the quizzes flow smoothly and provide the intended results. Several current CIT students took the quizzes and provided feedback before the quizzes were officially administered. CTCs also should determine how they will store and use the quiz results so that the data is easy to access and analyze.
CIT states the use of “if-then” quizzes on www.tryinteract.com has benefited the CTC, the sending schools and students because CIT can give specific direction to prospective students and sending schools about the CTE programs offered and how they align with students’ interests. For some senior students, the “if-then” quizzes have helped them learn more about potential scholarships.