On the Fly Questioning for a Quick Initial Review

Domain 2: Training need assessment

Difficulty level

1 session of 1,5 hours



Computer/ multi-touch device.


Mobiles (learners).

Internet connection.

Brief description

The activity consists in the formulation of the appropriate questions (from lower to higher complexity according to the learners’ answers) that will help to evaluate the essential knowledge that the adult learner requires to move on to a new learning. For this purpose, an image or a slide related to the essential previous knowledge will be used.


Following the constructivist approach, for the significant learning it is necessary to know the previous knowledge of the learners, building bridges between the old and the new knowledge. This IT tool provides an initial assessment, allowing the adjustment of the questions depending on the answers and assures the active participation of all the adult learners in this process. Consequently, the results obtained are a quality indicator that allows making the proper adjustments on the curriculum for an effective learning process.

Learning WHAT
  • Making on the fly questions aiming at assessing the adult learners’ knowledge, using short answer questions and true/false questions.
  • Displaying results in real time.
  • Obtaining and exporting a results report of each class/group.
Notes and links to the tool


Detailed description of the learning activity

Stage 1. Planning.

Initiate the activity focusing on a real group class that you work with, having as a reference a specific subject and considering a specific theme and learning outcomes to be achieved. Pick one or more significant pictures that can be the starting point for the formulation of the questions. They can also be slides of your own training material.

Stage 2. Question asking.

On the basis of the learning goals, make the appropriate questions to gather information about the previous knowledge which are necessary for the acquisition of the new knowledge. Adjust the questions depending on the answers you get.

Stage 3. Interpreting the results.

On the basis of the individual answers of the adult learner and of the results report of the group, identify the training needs for the achievement of the curricular objectives that were set.

  1. Sign in to use the tool.
  2. Prepare the digital material on which the questions will be based (the material can be yours or not).
  3. Provide the learners with the number of the class so they can access.
  4. Make questions, bearing their questions in mind when you determine the level of difficulty of the next question.
  5. Analyse the questions given; take the speed of response into account. There must to be enough questions to cover the learning goals and short answers and true/false answers must be used.
  6. Get the results report of the group, export the data and analyse the information to detect both the individual and the group’s learning needs.
Tips & tricks
  • Ensure that the supporting digital material for the formulation of the questions is attractive.
  • Review the quizzes uploaded by other adult educators to the platform in case the material is helpful (Import Quiz section).
  • Spend some minutes explaining the tool to the learners and contextualizing the activity, so they can understand its aim.
  • Try to select the right amount of questions to optimize to the maximum the duration of the class and to enhance the adult learners’ motivation. Remember to leave some time at the end to analyse the results.
  • Remember to keep the results to confirm at a later date the progress of the adult learners.
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