Learning Quiz vs Pass/Fail Quiz

I've been working on a Quiz module for a group. However, they keep waffling if the quiz should be a learning quiz or a pass/fail quiz. In the back of my mind, I believe they might be different in how they are built or presented. I'm looking for any help on learning quiz vs. a pass/fail quiz. Any suggestions or articles on the topic?

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Dave Ferguson

What do you see as the difference between "learning quiz" and "pass/fail quiz?"  Here's what I read into the terms (not to say you should, just as my point of view).

LEARNING QUIZ: I'll call this "a quiz." This is when I want to let someone see how she's doing, try things out, to apply what's been presented, to integrate earlier items.  The main audience is the learner (and possibly remediation, supplemental material, or skip-the-easy-stuff navigation in the course).

The learner tries to apply the skill or knowledge, and gets quick feedback, hints, wrong-answer-specific coaching, what have you: formative evaluation. I wouldn't be recording a score here, in the report-to-management sense.

PASS/FAIL QUIZ: I'll call this "a test." This is summative evaluation, the traditional, show-us-you-can-do-it model. Depending on the skills and the design, there might be limited feedback until completion; there's probably a score; that score might summarize performance by topic.

Many courses could have both. I think if a course does, it's good to make them visually distinct. A quiz looks a lot like the regular flow of the lesson. To me it's part of that regular flow. Maybe I give it a low-threat label like "self-check" or "you try it" as a way of encouraging interaction, experimentation, and so on.

The test has a different appearance, meant to underscore the assessment part. It probably provides less in-process or answer-specific feedback, at least until a post-test review. The focus is more on checking for an acceptable level of performance.