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Creating multiple choice questions

From: Moodle 1.9 Essential Training for Teachers

Video: Creating multiple choice questions

The next type of question that we want to add is a multiple choice question. To do this, simply click the dropdown menu for Create a new question, and select Multiple Choice from the dropdown menu. We'll begin by categorizing the question. This is going to be another Identification of Organisms question, so we'll leave that set as the choice. Then for the simplicity of this training, we'll go ahead and set the question name to Multiple Choice. Inside the Question text, we'll go ahead and write the question, "The coral depicted here is one commonly referred to as a brain coral.

Creating multiple choice questions

The next type of question that we want to add is a multiple choice question. To do this, simply click the dropdown menu for Create a new question, and select Multiple Choice from the dropdown menu. We'll begin by categorizing the question. This is going to be another Identification of Organisms question, so we'll leave that set as the choice. Then for the simplicity of this training, we'll go ahead and set the question name to Multiple Choice. Inside the Question text, we'll go ahead and write the question, "The coral depicted here is one commonly referred to as a brain coral.

The scientific name for this coral is what?" We'll then scroll down in the window and select the dropdown menu for Image to display. We want the students to identify the coral Diploria Labyrinthiformis. So we'll scroll down until we find the listing for Images/Diploria_labyrinthiformis.jpg. We'll leave the Default question grade set to 1 and the Penalty factor set to 0.1. Next, we'll scroll down in the window until we get to the section where we can select how we want the answers to work. The dropdown menu gives us two choices: Multiple answers are allowed or One answer only. Because we're only going to have one correct answer, we'll go ahead and leave this set to One answer only.

If we wanted to have multiple correct answers and have students select multiple of them, we could have that choice set here. The next option allows us to shuffle all of the possible answers. This means that if two students are sitting next to each other and they can see each other's computer screens and they both end up on the same question at the same time, chances are very good that the order in which the answers appear will not be the same. So a correct answer of A on one student's screen may be a correct answer of C on the other student's screen.

The next dropdown allows us to select how we want the answers to be numbered. The default is lowercase a, b, c, but we could also choose to have uppercase A, B, C, the numbers 1, 2, 3, or no numbering at all. We'll leave our question set to lowercase a, b, c. Next is where we begin entering the answers that will be displayed for our students. Simply typing in the text of our answers is a perfectly acceptable way to generate the text that we want to have displayed to our students, and is the most common way of creating a question of this type. So for the first answer, we'll enter in Montastrea cavernosa. Now this is not the correct answer, so we'll make sure that the Grade dropdown menu is still set to None.

Then we'll scroll down to Choice 2. We could continue adding a variety of text-based answers into these questions, but that doesn't really leverage the power of an online assessment. What would be interesting is to have the students to be able to click on an audio file that would have a correct pronunciation of the organism that's being displayed. And we're already set up to do that from previous exercises, where we uploaded a bunch of audio files into our Files and Folder section. However, getting that audio file to display inside of this Answer blank is a bit tricky, but there is a way to do it.

Simply come down into the Feedback section, which is a standard HTML editor. We'll type in the word Pronunciation then select the word Pronunciation and click on the Insert a Web Link button in the HTML editor. We can then click the Browse button at the bottom of the screen and browse over to our Audio folder, then to our mp3 folder and then scroll down until we find Diploria_labyrinthiformis.mp3. We'll click on the link for that file and the exact URL to that location will be entered in to the URL blank.

For Title, we'll go ahead and simply enter in Audio File. Next, we'll click the OK button and the link has been created for us. Now we're not able to simply copy and paste this link directly into the Answer blank. It wouldn't work if we did that. But what we can do is we can come over and use another trick of the HTML editor, and that is toggle the HTML source for the code that's been written for us. Now we see the HTML code that establishes the link to that audio file.

Let's select that code, copy it by hitting Command+C or Ctrl+C on our keyboard and paste that code into the Answer blank by hitting Command+V or Ctrl+V. Now we can get rid of the code from our Feedback section and return the Feedback section back to the standard WYSIWYG editor. So what we're doing here is we're using the HTML editor in the Feedback section to write some unique code for us to make the audio file play correctly. This is a great trick to enhance your tests and quizzes.

Since this is the correct audio file, we'll click the dropdown for Grade and make sure we select 100%. That way if a student selects this audio file, it will be graded as the correct answer. Next, we'll come down to Choice 3 where we can enter in another audio file. To do this, simply come down to the Feedback section, type in Pronunciation, select it, click the Insert a Web Link button, click the Browse button, navigate to our Audio files folder, click on mp3, then select another audio file. In this case, we'll select Acropora palmata. Again, for the Title, we'll type in Audio File and click OK.

We'll click back on the Toggle HTML Source, select the code that's been written for us, copy that code with Command+C or Ctrl+C, then paste it with Command+V or Ctrl+V into our Answer blank. We'll get rid of the code from the Feedback section and return the Feedback section back to the standard HTML WYSIWYG editor. We can then scroll all the way down to the bottom of the page and click the Save changes button. The question has been added to our test pool. We can test it by clicking on the magnifying glass to preview the question. We can see then that the question that we wrote is listed in the top, the various choices are available to us at the bottom and we're able to click on the audio file.

(Male voice: Acropora palmata.) (Male voice: Diploria labyrinthiformis.) And select the correct answer. As we scroll down in the list, we can then hit Submit and see that our answer has been graded correctly. Let's go ahead and return back to our question pool by closing the Preview window for the multiple choice question. Next, we'll show you how to create a short answer question.

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  1. 8m 21s
    1. Welcome
      2m 8s
    2. Course overview
      5m 22s
    3. Using the exercise files
      51s
  2. 34m 55s
    1. Getting started
      2m 59s
    2. Installing Moodle on a Mac
      8m 45s
    3. Installing Moodle on a Windows computer
      14m 24s
    4. Creating user accounts
      3m 55s
    5. Creating a new course
      3m 0s
    6. Just enough site administration to get you going
      1m 52s
  3. 41m 16s
    1. Logging in and getting oriented with Moodle
      5m 8s
    2. Customizing your profile
      4m 7s
    3. Customizing course settings
      3m 49s
    4. Editing the header block
      1m 33s
    5. Posting a course syllabus
      3m 55s
    6. Communicating news to students
      3m 5s
    7. Managing files and folders
      3m 41s
    8. Posting lecture slides
      3m 11s
    9. Setting up the gradebook
      5m 35s
    10. Sending email to the class
      2m 54s
    11. Creating a simple assignment
      4m 18s
  4. 51m 28s
    1. HTML editor overview
      10m 11s
    2. Formatting text
      8m 42s
    3. Creating tables
      9m 36s
    4. Creating internal links
      7m 27s
    5. Creating external links
      7m 2s
    6. Inserting local pictures with HTML
      3m 55s
    7. Inserting pictures from Flickr
      4m 35s
  5. 49m 22s
    1. Preparing images
      6m 53s
    2. Batch-uploading files
      5m 58s
    3. Posting image files
      2m 33s
    4. Posting a photo gallery
      3m 45s
    5. Preparing audio files
      10m 14s
    6. Posting audio
      3m 50s
    7. Preparing video files
      7m 45s
    8. Posting video
      3m 48s
    9. Inserting video from YouTube
      4m 36s
  6. 37m 11s
    1. Creating a text label
      6m 14s
    2. Linking to a web site
      6m 2s
    3. Creating a text page
      4m 45s
    4. Creating a web page
      10m 56s
    5. Linking to a folder of documents
      4m 18s
    6. Inserting an IMS content package
      4m 56s
  7. 27m 23s
    1. Assignments overview
      2m 13s
    2. Advanced uploading of files
      10m 32s
    3. Online text
      4m 26s
    4. Uploading a single file
      5m 1s
    5. Offline activity
      5m 11s
  8. 11m 39s
    1. Creating a live chat room
      5m 13s
    2. Creating a choice
      6m 26s
  9. 15m 45s
    1. Setting up a simple database
      4m 14s
    2. Creating database fields
      2m 49s
    3. Customizing a database template
      1m 33s
    4. Entering data into a database
      1m 43s
    5. Enabling database auto-linking
      3m 23s
    6. Enhancing a database with file uploads
      2m 3s
  10. 17m 16s
    1. Creating a main glossary
      4m 45s
    2. Adding concepts to the glossary
      3m 16s
    3. Enabling glossary auto-linking
      3m 38s
    4. Enabling students to edit a glossary
      2m 5s
    5. Creating a secondary glossary
      3m 32s
  11. 9m 58s
    1. Creating a forum
      5m 21s
    2. Using a discussion forum
      4m 37s
  12. 32m 17s
    1. Creating a wiki
      7m 3s
    2. Wiki editing basics
      4m 26s
    3. Creating lists
      6m 1s
    4. Subdividing a class wiki
      3m 43s
    5. Adding attachments and images
      2m 54s
    6. Creating external links
      2m 27s
    7. Creating a table
      5m 43s
  13. 1h 9m
    1. Online assessment overview
      1m 38s
    2. Creating question pool categories
      1m 58s
    3. Creating a first question
      6m 24s
    4. Creating true/false questions
      4m 39s
    5. Creating multiple choice questions
      7m 23s
    6. Creating short answer questions
      6m 59s
    7. Creating essay questions
      6m 22s
    8. Creating match questions
      6m 38s
    9. Creating numerical questions
      4m 56s
    10. Importing question pools from Blackboard
      6m 24s
    11. Creating a quiz
      9m 9s
    12. Adding questions to a quiz
      6m 50s
  14. 39m 16s
    1. Gradebook overview
      2m 6s
    2. Completing assignments as a student
      9m 34s
    3. Grading an assignment
      4m 52s
    4. Quick grading
      2m 25s
    5. Grading assignments with uploaded files
      2m 18s
    6. Grading offline assignments
      1m 16s
    7. Grading an online quiz
      3m 30s
    8. Quiz data analysis
      3m 4s
    9. Adding assignments
      2m 3s
    10. Exporting grades
      3m 55s
    11. Importing grades
      4m 13s
  15. 20m 4s
    1. Calendars and events overview
      3m 51s
    2. Creating a new event
      3m 21s
    3. Creating a repeating event
      3m 15s
    4. Exporting a calendar to iCal
      4m 5s
    5. Exporting a calendar to Outlook
      5m 32s
  16. 44m 40s
    1. Course administration overview
      3m 3s
    2. Managing course settings
      12m 48s
    3. Managing user roles
      2m 59s
    4. Managing groups
      4m 51s
    5. Backing up your course
      4m 34s
    6. Restoring data from a backup
      3m 14s
    7. Importing content to another course
      4m 53s
    8. Resetting a course
      3m 24s
    9. Running reports
      4m 54s
  17. 4m 14s
    1. Additional resources
      2m 58s
    2. Goodbye
      1m 16s

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