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Creating a quiz


Moodle 2.1 Essential Training for Teachers

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Now that we have several questions in our Question bank, it's time to begin creating our first quiz. To do this, go ahead and click back on your BIOL 432 link up in your breadcrumbs to go back to your main course page and make sure that Editing is turned on and scroll down to Week 15. Click the dropdown menu for Add an activity and select Quiz. Now let's go ahead and create the shell for this quiz. To do this let's give our quiz a name. For our quiz we'll call this the Final Exam. For the Introduction we'll simply type-in, This is the final exam for this course.
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  1. 3m 26s
    1. Welcome
      1m 14s
    2. Course overview
      1m 34s
    3. Using the exercise files
  2. 1h 10m
    1. What you need to get started
      4m 27s
    2. Installing Moodle on a Mac
      9m 23s
    3. Configuring Moodle for the Mac
      5m 29s
    4. Installing Moodle on a Windows computer
      11m 35s
    5. Configuring Moodle for Windows
      7m 21s
    6. Creating a custom theme
      10m 0s
    7. Creating user accounts
      6m 4s
    8. Creating a new course
      6m 35s
    9. Just enough site administration
      9m 51s
  3. 1h 20m
    1. Logging in and getting oriented
      4m 23s
    2. Managing private files
      3m 41s
    3. Customizing your profile
      8m 26s
    4. Customizing course settings
      10m 14s
    5. Editing the header block
      5m 18s
    6. Posting a course syllabus
      3m 43s
    7. Communicating news to students
      4m 4s
    8. Managing files and folders
      6m 14s
    9. Posting lecture slides
      4m 37s
    10. Organizing course content
      12m 31s
    11. Setting up the Gradebook
      5m 4s
    12. Creating a simple assignment
      9m 45s
    13. Messaging students
      2m 49s
  4. 26m 45s
    1. HTML Editor overview
      5m 9s
    2. Formatting text
      5m 10s
    3. Creating internal links
      3m 14s
    4. Creating external links
      2m 42s
    5. Inserting local pictures with HTML
      4m 26s
    6. Creating equations
      6m 4s
  5. 47m 28s
    1. Preparing images
      5m 19s
    2. Posting image files
      3m 18s
    3. Posting a photo gallery
      3m 23s
    4. Creating header graphics in Fireworks
      7m 58s
    5. Preparing audio
      9m 41s
    6. Posting audio files
      4m 49s
    7. Preparing video
      7m 21s
    8. Posting QuickTime video as .mov files
      2m 43s
    9. Posting Flash video as .flv files
      2m 56s
  6. 36m 9s
    1. Understanding repositories
      3m 5s
    2. Configuring a Dropbox repository
      6m 13s
    3. Using a Dropbox repository
      4m 43s
    4. Configuring a Google Docs repository
      1m 15s
    5. Using a Google Docs repository
      5m 20s
    6. Configuring a Flickr repository
      6m 13s
    7. Using a Flickr repository
      4m 5s
    8. Configuring the YouTube videos repository
      1m 7s
    9. Using the YouTube videos repository
      4m 8s
  7. 38m 50s
    1. Understanding resources and activities
      1m 9s
    2. Posting a file or document
      8m 36s
    3. Displaying a folder of documents
      4m 33s
    4. Using a label to bring your course to life
      6m 42s
    5. Creating a custom web page
      10m 33s
    6. Posting a URL for a web resource
      7m 17s
  8. 25m 51s
    1. Assignments overview
      1m 43s
    2. Advanced uploading of files assignment
      11m 32s
    3. Online text assignment
      4m 20s
    4. Uploading a single file assignment
      3m 42s
    5. Offline activity assignment
      3m 21s
    6. Assignment and Gradebook interactions
      1m 13s
  9. 35m 34s
    1. Creating a live chat room
      4m 57s
    2. Understanding Choice, Feedback, and Survey activities
      1m 23s
    3. Creating a Choice activity
      5m 10s
    4. Creating a customized Feedback activity
      4m 47s
    5. Adding a multiple choice question
      3m 14s
    6. Adding a dependent followup question
      3m 7s
    7. Adding a rating question
      2m 39s
    8. Adding an open response question
      2m 36s
    9. Analyzing Feedback results
      4m 16s
    10. Adding a standardized survey
      3m 25s
  10. 17m 18s
    1. Creating a main glossary
      5m 29s
    2. Adding concepts to the glossary
      2m 53s
    3. Enabling glossary auto-linking
      2m 53s
    4. Creating a secondary glossary
      6m 3s
  11. 11m 56s
    1. Creating a forum
      4m 40s
    2. Seeding a forum with questions
      3m 9s
    3. Participating in a forum
      4m 7s
  12. 31m 24s
    1. Creating a wiki
      4m 15s
    2. Wiki editing basics
      5m 28s
    3. Creating new pages
      2m 47s
    4. Creating lists
      3m 42s
    5. Adding images
      3m 53s
    6. Creating external links
      4m 24s
    7. Creating a table
      6m 55s
  13. 1h 4m
    1. Online assessment overview
      1m 20s
    2. Creating question pool categories
      2m 24s
    3. Creating a first question
      7m 10s
    4. Creating true/false questions
      3m 1s
    5. Creating multiple choice questions
      8m 22s
    6. Creating short answer questions
      8m 19s
    7. Creating essay questions
      4m 59s
    8. Creating match questions
      7m 10s
    9. Creating a quiz
      9m 0s
    10. Adding questions to a quiz
      2m 20s
    11. Changing the order of questions
      3m 1s
    12. Assigning quiz points
      1m 35s
    13. Previewing a finished quiz
      5m 50s
  14. 39m 38s
    1. Gradebook overview
      4m 53s
    2. Moving an assignment into a category
      1m 33s
    3. Completing assignments as a student
      11m 31s
    4. Grading assignments
      5m 5s
    5. Using quick grading
      1m 28s
    6. Grading assignments with uploaded files
      1m 58s
    7. Grading offline assignments
      1m 26s
    8. Grading an online quiz
      5m 1s
    9. Exporting grades to Excel
      2m 48s
    10. Importing grades from Excel
      3m 55s
  15. 9m 55s
    1. Calendars and events overview
      4m 8s
    2. Creating a new event
      2m 40s
    3. Creating a repeating event
      3m 7s
  16. 50m 41s
    1. Course administration overview
      2m 54s
    2. Managing course settings
      9m 5s
    3. Enabling completion tracking
      2m 20s
    4. Setting tracking for resources and activities
      3m 38s
    5. Managing tracking settings
      3m 51s
    6. Reporting on course tracking
      1m 32s
    7. Managing user roles
      4m 2s
    8. Backing up your course
      3m 36s
    9. Restoring data from a backup
      4m 50s
    10. Restoring a Moodle 1.9 course into Moodle 2.1
      6m 25s
    11. Importing content to another course
      3m 46s
    12. Resetting a course
      4m 42s
  17. 2m 6s
    1. Additional resources
      1m 37s
    2. Goodbye

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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.

Topics include:
  • Installing and configuring Moodle
  • Creating assignments students can complete online
  • Posting instructions on the course home page
  • Messaging students
  • Configuring Dropbox, Google Docs, Flickr, and YouTube repositories
  • Creating a custom course web page
  • Building a live chat room
  • Designing surveys
  • Setting up course-specific glossaries
  • Seeding a forum with questions
  • Creating a wiki for students to contribute content
  • Developing multimedia exams to assess course comprehension
  • Handling course administration and settings
  • Backing up and restoring a course
  • Importing a Moodle 1.9 course into Moodle 2
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Creating a quiz

Now that we have several questions in our Question bank, it's time to begin creating our first quiz. To do this, go ahead and click back on your BIOL 432 link up in your breadcrumbs to go back to your main course page and make sure that Editing is turned on and scroll down to Week 15. Click the dropdown menu for Add an activity and select Quiz. Now let's go ahead and create the shell for this quiz. To do this let's give our quiz a name. For our quiz we'll call this the Final Exam. For the Introduction we'll simply type-in, This is the final exam for this course.

Go ahead and scroll down and now let's set up the rest of the quiz. The first pair of options allow us to set the date and time that we want the quiz to be opened from, and two, this way we can have a specific time limit for when students are allowed to go in and access the exam. To set these times you would simply check the Enable button, set the date and time, and remember that the time is set in a 24-hour clock. So if you wanted to set the time for 1 o'clock in the afternoon you'd have to set that time for 1300 hours.

For training purposes, we're going to go ahead and leave this option Disabled. The next option Time limit allows us to set how long we want our students to be able to take the exam for. So we could say 60 minutes, so once the student clicks on the Exam, they have 60 minutes to complete all the questions, at which time the exam locks, and they are no longer able to continue answering questions. The next option allows us to set how many attempts we want the students to be able to make. In the case of a final exam, we would probably set this to only one attempt, at which point the Grading method will become disabled.

However, for training purposes let's go ahead and leave this option set to Unlimited. This may simulate a practice exam that you may put into your course to allow your students to go in and practice with questions that may appear on a final exam. For Grading method, if you are allowing multiple attempts, you can choose how Moodle selects the final grade for that quiz. Whether or not they select the highest grade of all the attempts or average out all of the grades, or Moodle can save the first or the last grade that the student made an attempt with.

The next section allows us to control how the questions are presented to the student on screen. We can choose whether or not we want to control the specific order that the questions are presented in, or we can choose to have Moodle randomly shuffle the order in which all the questions are presented. This may be very helpful in a situation where you have a lot of students in one location, such as a computer lab, all taking the exam at the same time. That way no two students would likely have the same questions come up in the same order because they will be randomly generated by Moodle.

For our training purposes, again let's leave this set to As shown on the edit screen. The next option allows us to control how many questions appear on each page of our quiz. We can choose to have all the questions on one page, while I am testing the quiz, I'd like to have every question have its own new page. The next section allows us to control the Question behavior. Many of our questions such as multiple-choice questions have many possible answers. The Shuffle within questions allows us to set a single override to force Moodle to go ahead and shuffle the order that the answers are presented to every single student.

I'd like to leave this option set to Yes. Next, we're able to set how we want the feedback to be presented to the students. The default method is the Differed feedback. This means that when a student begins taking the exam, Moodle will wait until the student completes all of the questions before it begins providing feedback, and then we are able to go in and control what feedback we present to the student in a variety of different ways. That's done down in this next section. Here we can see that during the attempt, because we have Differed feedback selected, none of the options are available to us.

However, later while the quiz is still open, we could choose to provide additional feedback to them. I like to set this so that only the attempt, meaning, the answers that the student marked are the ones that the student sees. So I'd like to go ahead and uncheck those options, so that way a student would be able to get to the end of their exam and they could go back and they could review the answers that they've selected. Then immediately after the attempt, once the student clicks the Submit button to turn the exam in, I'd like to go ahead and let them see their attempt, whether or not the answer was correct, and see the points that they got.

I generally like to hide the Specific feedback, General feedback, Right answer, and Overall feedback from the students when they first hand in the exam. This way they are able to see whether or not they got the answers right, but they are not able to see all of the answers. This is very helpful if your students may be spread out over time taking the exam. That way no student has essentially the full answer key that they could hand-off to another student. Then after the quiz is closed and we would set the close date up here, if we wanted to set the close date to say maybe the 5th at 5 o'clock, we could then provide all of the feedback to all of our students once the quiz is closed.

In our case though we are going to go ahead and leave the closing of the quiz to be not-enabled. If we scroll down further, we now can control some Display settings. The first option, Show the user's picture, is quite helpful especially for giving proctored exams. What this option would do either it would enable Moodle to always show the student's profile picture on screen while the student is taking the exam. This is very helpful on a proctored exam situation where the person giving the exam may not know all of your students.

This way, as they are walking around the room, they can see that the person sitting in the chair matches the picture of the person on screen. In our case, we're going to go ahead and leave this option set to No. Next we can control the number of Decimal places that are applied to all of the grading, and we can control the same option for the specific questions themselves. The next section allows us to control restrictions on attempts. If you want to leave the quiz open all of the time within your course, but you know you don't want those students to begin taking the exam until they show up to class and you want to force them show up to class, then what I like to do is, I like to go ahead and enter in a password, such as 12345.

It's a very simple password, very easy to remember, then when the students come into class, I can tell them, okay, go ahead and click on the Exam and give them the password at that point. Then they are able to begin taking the exam. They won't be able to begin taking it though if they don't show up to class and have that password. For our training purposes I am going to go ahead and leave the password blank to simplify things. The next option, Require a network address, is very handy.

If you work with your IT department to come up with the network range of IP addresses for particular set of computers, such as in your computer lab, you can enter that network range in here and then Moodle will only provide the exam to those specific computers. That way a student can't go into any computer lab or use their own computer to then access the quiz. You can control the environment in which they are taking their exam if you so choose. The next set of options, allow you to control a delay between multiple attempts.

So if a student comes in and they take the exam and they go through all of the answers then you can set a delay of say 60 minutes that they have to wait before Moodle will re-administer the exam to them. This can be very helpful so that the student doesn't automatically remember all of the answers that they just made and they go in and just change their answers. I am going to go ahead and leave this Disabled for now. The next section down here allows you to provide some overall feedback, and this is based on great boundaries. So for instance if a student gets 100% we can give them the feedback of Great Job! We're going to leave the rest of the boundaries blank.

Go ahead and scroll down now, and now we have our Common module settings. If we wanted to set our exam to target groups we could do that here. We're going to go ahead and leave this set to No groups, because we want every student in our class to be able to take the exam. We also want the exam to be shown to them. We can then click the button for Save and return to course. We'll click the Move Right button to tab in our final exam underneath of our final research paper and align with everything else on our page. Now let's go into our exam by clicking the link for Final Exam.

When you go into the exam, you're given just the instructions to what the exam is, you're shown that there is going to be a time limit and what the grading method is. Now as an instructor, we need to actually go in and set up the exam by clicking the Edit Quiz button, and we'll do that in the next movie.

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