Learn@Illinois Moodle - Using the Question Bank

Learn how to use a question bank when creating quizzes. The question bank is where you will create and manage questions that are used in the Quiz activity. Questions can be organized by category. Learn how to create categories, add questions, and follow best practices when using the Question bank.

For a permanent link to this information, please use: http://go.illinois.edu/MoodleQuestionBank

Creating Quiz Categories

Create categories first so that you can select them easily from the drop-down menu when creating your questions.You can create categories of questions such as Unit 1; subcategories such as Quiz 1, and categories by topic such as Greek philosophy. Putting questions into categories:
  • Makes questions easy to find when assembling exams
  • Allows you to use the randomized question type, making it harder for students to cheat
  • Allows questions to be reused in multiple different quizzes
  1. In the upper right corner, click on the Actions menu gear.
    Actions menu gear
  2. In the drop-down menu, click More.
    Select more
  3. In the "Course Administration" tab, click Categories.
    Click categories
  4. To add a category, scroll to the bottom of the page:
    • In the "Parent category" drop-down, select a category to contain this new category.
    • In the "Name" field, enter a name for the category, e.g., Week 1 Quiz.
    • Note: We recommend leaving the "Category info" blank, as it can make the display very cluttered and does not add very much value.
    • Add category details
    • Click Add category.
      Add category button

Adding Quiz Questions to the Question Bank

  1. In the upper-right corner, click on the Actions menu gear.
    Actions menu gear
  2. In the drop-down menu, click More....
    Select more
  3. To add a question, click Create a new question...
    Create a new question
  4. Choose a question type from the list, and then click Add.
    Add a question type
  5. Make sure to select a category from the "Category" drop-down menu to keep your Question bank organized.
    Genearl drop-down
  6. Enter your question. (The settings vary based on the question type.)
  7. Click Save changes.
    Save changes button

Best Practices

  • If you are creating many quizzes, we recommend creating all of the needed categories before adding questions.
  • Make all questions in the question bank first and then make the quiz.

Related Topics

Moodle.org Documentation

Keywords:quiz, questions, edit quiz, categories, category, boost   Doc ID:71847
Owner:ATLAS-TLT .Group:University of Illinois Liberal Arts and Sciences
Created:2017-03-17 16:05 CDTUpdated:2022-10-24 09:35 CDT
Sites:University of Illinois Liberal Arts and Sciences
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