Learn@Illinois Moodle - Using the Question Bank

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 suggested best practices when using the Question bank.

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

Adding Categories

Categories should be created before you create questions in your question bank in order to select them from the drop-down menu when adding a question. You can create categories like Unit 1, Unit 2, etc; subcategories such as Quiz 1, Quiz 2, etc; and even categories by topic. Categories can be used for many reasons, including:
  • Questions can be separated by topic, making it easier to find certain questions when assembling exams
  • Randomly selected questions from within a category can be used in a quiz, which makes it harder for students to cheat
  • Questions can be reused in multiple different quizzes

  1. To access the Question bank, on the left hand side of the screen, find the Administration block and click Question bank.
    Question bank pic
  2. In the Administration block, under Question bank, click Categories. Here you can select from the categories you have created for this particular course. You'll have one category automatically, but it is a great idea to create more categories based on how you would like to organize the questions.
    Note: If you have a need to share questions between courses or between users, please send us an email at atlas-tlt@illinois.edu.
    Categories pic
  3. 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.
    Then, click Add category at the bottom of the page.Add category

Adding Questions

  1. To access the question bank, on the left hand side of the screen, find the Administration block and click Question bank.
    Question bank
  2. To add a question, click Create a new question...
    Create a new question button pic
  3. Choose a question type from the list, and then click Add.
    Add a new question
  4. Make sure to select a category from the "Category" drop-down menu to keep your Question bank organized.
    Select a category
  5. Enter your question. (The settings vary based on the question type.)
  6. Save changes.

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   Doc ID:71847
Owner:ATLAS-TLT .Group:University of Illinois Liberal Arts and Sciences
Created:2017-03-17 16:05 CDTUpdated:2019-02-01 17:02 CDT
Sites:University of Illinois Liberal Arts and Sciences
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