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In this course, author Chris Mattia helps educators create online courses that complement classroom-based instruction and foster student interaction using the free learning management system Moodle. The course details the basics of setting up a test environment, disseminating course information, creating forums, and assessing student progress. Tutorials on building course materials with Moodle's built-in HTML editor, preparing and posting various types of media, uploading assignments, and evaluating tests automatically are also included.
Now that we have our categories set up, it's time to begin creating our first question. We need to make sure that we are in our question bank in our Settings section and we select from the Category dropdown menu, Ecology, because this is going to be an ecology question. Next, we want to click the button for Create a new question here at the bottom. A pop-up window will appear asking us to choose which type of question that we want to add. In this case, we are going to use a simple example of a True/False question. So select the radio button near the bottom of the left-hand corner for True/False and then click the Next button.
When our page loads, we again have the ability to change the category that this question is going to be associated with. The category of Ecology is correct. So we'll go ahead and leave that set as it is. Just below that, we can enter in a name for the question and this is not going to be the text of the question. this is just a name to help us identify what question this is. For this chapter, we are going to be naming each of our question types for the movie that we are recording them in so that we can help keep track as to which questions go with which movies.
In your course, you would probably want to use a more descriptive question name that more closely relates to the type of information that you are going to be asking in that question. So in our case, we'll simply type in A First Question. For the Question text, this is the text that we want to appear for our students that we want them to answer. So in our case, we'll ask them a simple question. Hermatypic Corals and Zooxanthellae have a symbiotic relationship.
Scroll down a little bit and the next option that we have to set is the Default mark. The Default mark is how many points is this question going to be worth. We can set any point value that we want in here. in our case, to keep things simple, we are going to make every single one of our questions worth only one point. The next section is for General feedback. Now the general feedback is provided to all students regardless of if they answer the question correctly or incorrectly. This can be the type of feedback that you would want to give to your students to let them know the type of question or some general information that they should be knowing about this question or so forth.
We'll simply type in, Symbiosis is key concept in coral reef ecology. Let's go ahead and scroll down a little bit further and now we can select what the correct answer should be. The correct answer for this question happens to be true. So we'll select True from the dropdown menu. Now in the feedback responses, for a true answer, we want to give the students some feedback. If the student answers true, and that's correct, we can simply tell them, Good job! The next section would be displayed if a student answers the question false.
That's not right so we'll say Try again. We'll scroll down a little bit further and we'll see that we can add some additional tags down here to this question. Since this question is related to Symbiosis, we'll go ahead and add a Symbiosis tag. At the bottom, we'll simply click the Save changes button. When the page refreshes, we can see a listing of all of the questions that we've entered. Currently, we've only entered one question, so there's only one being displayed and it's being displayed for the ecology block.
If we want to preview how this question looks, we can click on the magnifying glass on the right-hand side of the line for that question. A pop-up window will appear where we can test out how this question is going to work. So the question is displayed, we have our selection here. Let's go ahead and answer true first by clicking on the True radio button and then click the button for Submit and Finish. We are instantly given our feedback. We're told that we've got the right answer, we've given the specific feedback of good job, we're given the general feedback of Symbiosis as a key concept in coral reef ecology and we are also given the feedback that the correct answer is true.
All right! What would happen if we answer it false? Hit the Start again button and click the False answer and then Submit and Finish. Now we are shown that this is an incorrect answer, we are given the specific feedback, the general feedback and we are given the feedback to let us know what the correct answer is. Go ahead and hit the Start over button and then let's scroll down in the Change Options so we can control some of the specific options as to how we want this question to react.
The first option of how questions behave gives us the ability to set how we want the feedback to be provided to our students. Do we want deferred feedback meaning that Moodle will wait until the very end of our exam before it provides any feedback to our users? Do we want an interactive feedback with multiple tries where it will continuously give the students feedback? This is a great tool for creating test or quizzes that are meant to be study questions for the students to go in and do multiple attempts to learn more information about a particular area.
I want to go ahead and set this to deferred feedback. So all my feedback is provided to my students at the end. The next option is Marked out of and this will let us know how many points that this question is totally worth. The next option allows us to say whether or not we want the students to be shown when they have a correct or an incorrect answer. If we choose Not shown here, then under Marks, whether or not we want to show how the student is doing that's these areas up here, marked out of 1 point, Question 1, Not yet answered, we would start having items filled in here to let us know how we are doing overall.
So we'll go ahead and say Not shown. We can choose how many decimal places we want for our grade. Here they are being displayed as being two decimal places that's fine. We can choose whether or not we want to provide the students with the specific feedback. We can say Not shown for that and we can say Not shown for the right answer, but may be we do want to show them the General feedback. And we can also choose whether or not we want to show them their Response history. So if they are taking a practice exam and they go through the questions multiple times, we can show them how they've changed their answers over time.
So with these settings here, we'll click the button at the bottom that says Start over with these options, and now when we click the True answer and hit the Submit and Finish, the only feedback that we're given is the general feedback of Symbiosis as a key concept in coral reef ecology. We are not given any specific feedback as to whether we've got in the question right or wrong. That feedback would be held back until the very end of the exam. I am going to go ahead and scroll back down here and turn on all of these different options that we just turned off and then go ahead and hit the button for Start again with these options.
Everything should be turned back on and we can close the preview. That should give you a pretty good overview of the general process that's required to create a question bank question. Over the next several movies, we'll step through many of the other types of questions, so you can get a feel for what types of things are possible within a Moodle question.
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