So I have given quizzes in two different ways
(1) Quizzes will be a problem taken "verbatim" from an example in this weeks reading, prior to the topic being presented in class.
(2) Quizzes consist of easy questions, made up by the instructor, that are used to make sure you are following the basic concepts.
In my experience quizzes of type (2) are liked by the students more, but quizzes of type (1) might help the students learn more, by encouraging them to keep on top of their readings. It's a small sample, but when I did the first option my teaching evaluations were lower but the students actually scored higher on a "common final exam" compared to students with different instructors. How have you used quizzes? Which ways do you think are the most effective.