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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.
The next type of question that we are going to add is going to be for our Ecology category, and we are going to ad a multiple-choice question. So go ahead and click on the button for Create a new question. In the pop-up window, select Multiple choice from the list of options, and then click the Next button. When the page finally loads, go ahead and click in the Question name type and let's type in Multiple Choice. For the question, go ahead and ask the students to, Please select the correct scientific name for this organism.
Hit Return, and now we will go ahead and add an image, and then again, in your File picker under Private files, go into your BIOL432 folder and into the images folder, and if you're following along in an earlier movie, we've already uploaded a folder called DropBoxImages. I have included this in the Chapter12 exercise files, if you don't have it already. Go ahead into DropBoxImages, and then we are looking for the file in the third row down called Diploria_labyrinthiformis. If we select that item, we can see it listed in here.
We probably don't want to name the file inside of our quiz to be the exact name of the organism that we are looking for. So let's go ahead and rename this file to Multiple Choice MC, I for image 1. Then go ahead and click the button for Select this file. Now the image is displayed here inside of our page. We can change the image description to simply say Image, and then click the Insert button. The organism's image has now been added into this page.
Let's go ahead and scroll down and set up some of the other parameters. For Default mark, this question is also going to be worth only 1 point. If you want to add some general feedback as we saw in an earlier movie, you can do that here. Go ahead and scroll down a little further and now we can select how we want the answers to work. The default is to have One answer only. This means only one of the following answers is going to be correct. If we select the other option, Multiple answers allowed, then we can assign point values to multiple different answers, but in this case, only one of these answers that we are going to create is going to be the correct answer.
So we will leave it set to One answer only. The next check box is for Shuffle the choices. I always like to leave this set. This way, every time a student sits down and they click on this question within a quiz, Moodle is going to automatically shuffle the order of all of the answers. That way if two students happen to be sitting at computers next to each other, and they both click onto the same question at the same time, the chances are pretty good that a correct answer of A on the first student's computer would likely be a correct answer of B or C on the next student's computer.
The next option is Number of choices, and this is how our answers will be numbered. We can choose to have them in lowercase a, b, c, uppercase A, B, C, 1, 2, 3, lowercase (i)s or so forth. In this case I like to have my answer set to simply lowercase a, b, c. now let's go ahead and scroll down a little bit and let's go into the box for Choice 1. Now for an answer we could simply just type in the name of the organism, and what that would suffice. That would not really push what we are really able to do inside of a Moodle quiz.
Let's instead up the anti a little bit, by having the student's listen to an audio file where we have pronounced the name of the organism and they have to select the correct pronunciation. So in this case go ahead and click on the Insert Moodle Media tool in the toolbar, then click on Find or upload a sound. Again, go into your Private files section and go into the BIOL432 folder. In an earlier movie we uploaded a bunch of audio files. If you don't have these I have included them in the Chapter 12 exercise files.
Go ahead into the Audio folder and now you will see a listing of all of the audio files that we added earlier. Let's start off by adding the correct answer. So we want to find Deploria_labyrinthiformis. On my screen it's listed in the second row first column. Go ahead and click on the link, and now again, we don't want to save the name of this audio file, so that the students might be able to find out what that is. So I'll go ahead and change the name to MC for multiple choice, A for audio, and add 1 to it.
That's pretty nondescript, but it allows us to be able to add each audio file to have a subsequent number and not have something that the students can easily identify. We will go ahead and hit Select this file ,, and then we will hit the Insert button. Because this is the correct answer, we want to set the grayed dropdown menu to give 100% of full points to this correct answer. Don't worry that the name here looks a little odd. Moodle will take care of just displaying the audio file for us. Let's go ahead and scroll down to Choice 2 and let's repeat the process and choose another audio file.
So we will simply click on the Insert Moolde Media tool, click Find or upload a file. Inside of the Private files, we will go into our BIOL432 folder. We will click into our Audio folder and now we will simply select another organism. In this case, I will go ahead and select Aplysina_fistularis. Again, I want to change the name, so I am going to this MCA, A for audio, and we will give this a 2, and say Select this file, and then hit the Insert button. We are going to leave the Grade for this choice set to None.
We will scroll down to Choice 3, and repeat the process one more time. Clicking on Insert Moodle Media, Find or upload a sound, go into our BIOL432 folder, go into our Audio folder and now we will select another coral. This time I will go ahead and select Acropora_palmata. We can simply change the name one more time. MC for multiple choice, A for audio and this is audio file 3. Hit the Select this file, hit the Insert button and there we go.
We still have our Grade set to zero. Go ahead and scroll down on the page. A little bit further down you will find a button for Blanks for 3 more choices. If you hit this, we could add additional choices so we could have a whole list set for the students to be able to have more answers available to them to have to listen to. Let's go ahead and scroll down to the next section Combined feedback. For any correct response, we can give some additional feedback. This is more like the general feedback that we saw in the true/false question. For a partially correct answer, we can provide additional feedback.
We could also provide additional feedback for incorrect responses. In this case we are going to leave all of these responses blank for right now. Go ahead and scroll down a little bit further. The next option allows us to set a penalty for any incorrect try. If we are allowing the students to take multiple attempts at completing this question, we can assign a point value that decreases the total number of points that they get for any wrong answer. I will go ahead and set mine to 33.3%, so if they get the question incorrect, they lose 1/3rd of a point.
Let's go ahead and scroll down a little further. Here you're able to add a hint if you want to add that, and finally, we can add some tags that we've seen earlier. Go ahead and click the Save changes button, and let's see how this multiple choice question works. The question appears in our overall test bank for ecology questions. Now we can preview up by hitting the magnifying glass icon. Here we see the text of the question. We see the image that's nice and big for our students to be able to see clearly, to identify the organism. Then if we scroll down a little bit we are given three audio files.
Let's go ahead and click on the first one. Now yours may not be in the same order that mine are in, simply because the questions are going to be shuffled. "Acropora palmata, Deploria labyrinthiformis, Aplysina fistularis." So in that case B would be the correct answer. This is a Deploria_labyrinthiformis. So go ahead and click the B button and hit Submit and Finish and we are provided the feedback, yes we got that question correct. Excellent! Go ahead and scroll down a little bit and hit the Close preview button and that's how you create a multiple choice question that incorporates both images and audio files directly into the question.
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