Free In-Video Quizzing Tool

There has been a lot of buzz recently about an approach to presenting video content known as “in-video quizzing.” In-video quizzing involves inserting questions into pre-existing videos to periodically check the viewer’s understanding of what is being presented and/or as a more formal approach to assessment using video as the medium. Moreover, integrating quiz questions into videos is a way of creating more interaction between the typically passive viewer and the material, making for a more engaging experience. There are more and more tools appearing on the market that allow this functionality.

One tool that allows free use of their software with only a few features locked for premium subscription users is Zaption. With a free account, you can:

  • Watch as many video lessons as you like
  • Create your own video lessons using 6 interactive elements with a single video
  • Share lessons with your students and colleagues
  • Track viewer progress and responses with built-in analytics
  • Copy and edit ready-to-use video lessons from the Zaption Gallery

As implied, there are other features available if you become a paying customer including LTI (Learning Tools Interoperability) integration into Blackboard, but the free tools allow you to experiment quite a bit. Zaption’s Web-based service requires no installation and their interface is friendly and easy to use. A handful of BU faculty have begun to use Zaption in their online courses, but it is clear that it can be used in any course where students will be asked to watch video content outside of class. In-video quizzing can be a great way to capture students’ feedback or level of understanding of material presented in video form.