Learn@Illinois Moodle - Understanding UI Quick Quiz Entry Templates

There are a variety of question features that can be used in the UI Quick Quiz Entry templates. This tutorial will explain the "Multiple Choice w/ all features" template because it contains all features that appear in the other question types.

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

Select a template by highlighting it in the "Append Template" drop-down menu.

Multiple choice with all features

Once the template has been selected, it will appear in the left "Text" pane. In the "Preview" box, you will see a real-time preview of the question and how it will appear:

Multiple Choice with all features template in the Text pane

Sample Question

Below is a sample question using the "Multiple Choice w/ all features" template.

Which fruit is yellow? sample question

In the following section, required and optional question features will be explained using the sample question above.

Required Question Features

These features are required to successfully create a quiz question. Please refer to the screenshot under Sample Question.


Enter your question, followed by a question mark. By default, the question is preceded by a number followed by a parenthesis, but a period (.) may also be used. In this example:

1) Which fruit is yellow and comes in bunches?

Answer Choices

There must be at least two answer choices. By default, the answer choices are preceded by a lowercase letter followed by a period (e.g., "a."), but uppercase may also be used. In this example:

a. Lemon
b. Orange
c. Banana
d. Grape

An Asterisk to Indicate the Correct Answer Choice

The correct answer has an asterisk (*) to the left of the letter. You can select more than one correct answer by placing an asterisk to the left of all correct answer choices. Note that the correct choice(s) are indicated by green in the Preview window. In this example:

*c. Banana

Optional Question Features

These features are optional. Please refer to the screenshot under Sample Question.

Question Category

You can indicate the "Category" that you want the question to filed under in the Quiz Question Bank within the question template. To use this feature, you must have already created a Category. Refer to the "Categories" panel on the right side of the screen to find the number of the category that you would like to use. Copy this number after "#cat". For example, here I would like to use the Unit1-Introduction category that I created, so I delete the "1" after "#cat" and append the category number. In this example:


General Feedback

Students will see this feedback when they submit their answers. The feedback will not be customized based on whether their answer choice was correct or incorrect. In this example:

~ Bananas are the only fruit on this list that fulfill the two above criteria.

Answer-specific Feedback

Answer-specific feedback is listed directly under the answer it contains feedback for, following an '@' symbol. It is answer-specific. This can be used to congratulate students on a correct answer or to let them know why their answer is incorrect. In this example:

@ Lemons are yellow, but they do not come in bunches.
@ Oranges are neither yellow nor do they come in bunches.
@ Good job! Bananas are yellow and come in bunches.
@ Grapes come in bunches, but they are not yellow.


Hints are not answer-specific. They help a student who is struggling to choose an answer. Hints should follow a '~' tilde. They should appear in the order that you want them to be disclosed to students. When you are editing the quiz question in the normal interface under "Edit settings", these hints will appear under the "Multiple tries" heading when you can set the "Penalty for each incorrect try" as a percentage of the total points.  In this example:

~Hint! This fruit is yellow when ripe, but green beforehand.
~Hint! This fruit grows in Central America, especially Honduras.
~Hint! Commercial brands include Dole and Chiquita.

Adding More Questions with Templates

Each time you select a template, a question will be added to the "Text" box on the left at the bottom of your question list in the format the template specifies. Current questions or templates will never be overridden by a new template that is added.

It is also possible to manually copy and paste a question or template you already have in the "Text" box.

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Keywords:multiple choice, append template, append, general feedback, custom category id, multiple correct answers, hints, answer feedback, all features, w/, true/false   Doc ID:80109
Owner:ATLAS-TLT .Group:University of Illinois Liberal Arts and Sciences
Created:2018-02-14 11:04 CDTUpdated:2019-05-01 10:29 CDT
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