Learn@Illinois Moodle - Quiz Activity

The quiz activity is a tool that can be used for assessing and delivering content, using a variety of questions, including multiple choice, essay, matching, and drag and drop.

Examples of Using Quiz Activity

  • Assessments, including formative and summative assessment
  • Lectures or lessons, which can include video content with questions interspersed
  • Flashcards so that students can review content

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. How do I add questions to a quiz?
    Once you have added the quiz activity, you will go into "Edit quiz" in the quiz administration block. Then, click "add" on the right hand side of the page. You will be able to add a new question, a question from the question bank, or a random question.
  2. What is the question bank?
    The question bank houses all of the questions that are used in the quiz and lesson tools. It is located in the administration block. You can create categories for each quiz or lesson, and add questions to each category.
  3. How can I preview a quiz?
    In the quiz administration block on the left, click "Preview" and you will be able to preview all of the quiz.
  4. How do I change the answer to a quiz question after students have taken the quiz?
    To do this, see our article: Changing the Correct Answer to a Quiz Question
  5. How can I extend a deadline or time limit for a student?
    To do this, see our article: Extending Deadlines or Time Limits for Activities
  6. How do I set up a quiz to pull questions randomly?
    Create the questions using the Question Bank, and then use the "Add a Random Question" feature from the "Edit Quiz" page and choose the category.
  7. When should I put a lecture in Lesson instead of in Quiz?
    Put a lecture in Lesson instead of in quiz when you want to do "Choose your own Path/Ending" activities and there are no comprehension questions that you care to insert.
  8. Can I use Quiz for video lectures and written content?
    Yes, both the Quiz and Lesson activities are compatible with video or text/image content.

Best Practices

  • It is highly recommended to create questions in the question bank before adding them to your quiz for easier organization and to ensure that you are editing the correct questions in your quizzes.
  • For longer essay questions, encourage students to type answers in an offline text editor, save their work, and cut and paste into the Moodle text editor. Otherwise, they may lose their work if their internet connection is disrupted.
  • It is recommended that there is only one quiz question per page. This allows work to be saved as the student progresses through the quiz. Otherwise, they may lose their work if their internet connection is disrupted.
  • 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 close the quiz 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.
  • Most quizzes can be fully automatically graded, but Essay type questions must be manually graded.

Groups & Groupings

Links to Moodle.org Documentation

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Keywords:assessment, exam, lecture, lesson   Doc ID:77239
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Created:2017-10-09 12:03 CSTUpdated:2017-11-21 13:43 CST
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