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Learn@Illinois Moodle - Choice Activity

Learn how to use the Choice activity. It is a simple tool that allows a teacher to ask a single question and offer a finite selection of possible responses (topics, time slots, etc).

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Choice Activity

Examples of Using Choice Activity

  • Choosing a topic for a discussion or a book to review
  • Signing up for office hours or project meeting times (Scheduler may be a better tool in some cases)
  • Choosing whether to take the final during the regular or conflict time
  • Voting on a topic or other question
  • Testing students' understanding on class material

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What if I need to ask more than one question?
    For multiple question surveys, try the Questionnaire Activity or the Feedback Activity.
  2. What do the limits on the options mean?
    The limits refer to the number of students who are allowed to select the option (if only 1 person should select this option, set it to "1"). Be sure to set the option "Limit the number of responses allowed" to "Yes."
  3. What if I don't want students to see the results of the Choice activity?
    Go to "Edit settings." Under "Results," you can modify the privacy options. There is an option "Do not publish results to students" in the "Publish results" drop-down menu.
  4. I want my students to choose their groups, is the Choice Activity a good tool for this?
    No. You will want to use the Group Choice Activity.

Best Practices

  • When limiting the number of students per option, be sure that there are enough slots available for the total number of expected responses.
  • Communicate dates in a way that is easy to maintain:
    • Rarely use hard due dates (e.g. September 22, 2017) - opt for relative dates (e.g. Tuesday of Week 1) whenever possible
    • Use the year when typing hard due dates so that if it does not get updated, it will be clear that this is the wrong date.
    • When you would like to collect submissions at midnight, consider using 11:55pm instead. Students are often confused when something is due on Monday at midnight, but the system says that it is due on Tuesday at 12:00am.

Groups and Groupings

  • Using groups in the Choice Activity allows each person within an existing group to sign up for a particular topic/role.
  • See our Groups and Groupings page for more information.

Related Topics Documentation

Keywordstopic choice, boost   Doc ID77250
OwnerATLAS-TLTGroupUniversity of Illinois LAS
Created2017-10-09 15:28:18Updated2023-03-09 17:11:21
SitesUniversity of Illinois Liberal Arts and Sciences
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