Learn@Illinois Moodle - Using the Quiz Activity as a Lecture

The quiz activity is a great tool for adding lecture slides to your course interspersed by optional questions to demonstrate mastery. Updating security settings, using description question-types, and implementing headings are three excellent ways to make your lessons user-friendly.

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Change Security Settings

There are two security settings that it is important to change when making a lecture using the quiz activity. It is important to make sure that security settings for them are set up properly so that students can easily view all slides and are not prevented from navigating other parts of the course while they view the lecture.

Show Blocks

Make sure that normal blocks can be viewed while students are viewing the lecture.

  1. Click Edit settings.
    Edit settings
  2. Scroll down. Click Appearance to expand the section; then, click Show more.
    Appearance - Show more
  3. Under "Show blocks during quiz attempts", select Yes from the drop-down menu.
    Show blocks during quiz attempts - Yes

Lessen Browser Security

Make sure that students can view the rest of the course site while they are viewing the lecture.

  1. Click Edit settings.
    Edit settings
  2. Click Extra restrictions on attempts to expand the section. Under "Browser security", select None from the drop-down menu.
    Browser security - None

Adjust Timing Settings

Click Timing to expand the section. Edit the open and close dates and time limit as appropriate. Likely, you will want all three checkboxes unchecked.
Quiz Timing Settings

Use the Description Question Type

Add content to the lecture by adding descriptions instead of questions.
  1. When adding content slides, click Edit quiz.
    Edit quiz
  2. Click Add to add a new question.
  3. Under OTHER, select Description. This allows you to add slides that do not have a question. Then, click Add.
    Add description
  4. You must have at least one question included. It is possible to set up a dummy question at the end of the lecture if you don't want a real question.

Create Headings

Create headings so that students can skip back through the lecture and find sections they would like to review. See our help doc Creating Headings in Quizzes.

Allow Multiple Attempts for Full Credit

If you would like to give participation credit for viewing the lecture and answering questions, but not penalize students for wrong answers, we suggest allowing unlimited attempts and taking the highest grade. To do this:
  1. Click Edit settings.
    Edit settings
  2. Click Grade to expand the section. Under "Attempts allowed", select Unlimited. Under "Grading method", select Highest grade.
    Unlimited, Highest grade
  3. Don't forget to scroll down and save your changes.

Allow Students to Check Answers Immediately After Answering

  1. Click Edit settings.
    Edit settings
  2. Under "Question behavior", select "Adaptive mode (no penalties)".
    Note: This behavior requires that the “Whether correct” box is ticked under “During the attempt” in the “Review options” section.
    Note: Selecting "Adaptive mode (no penalties)" will override the percentage penalties that are selected under "Multiple tries" in the individual quiz questions.
    Question behavior Adaptive mode (no penalities) 
  3. Save.

Keywords:security settings, security, blocks, browser, browser security, restrictions, lesson   Doc ID:83109
Owner:ATLAS-TLT .Group:University of Illinois Liberal Arts and Sciences
Created:2018-06-20 16:37 CSTUpdated:2019-01-09 17:09 CST
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