Moodle 1.9 Essential Training for Teachers
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Creating short answer questions


Moodle 1.9 Essential Training for Teachers

with Chris Mattia

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Video: Creating short answer questions

Now let's create a short answer question. A short answer question is one that will allow students to type in an answer to your question and Moodle will compare the result of what the student typed in to a list of possible choices that you've entered in that are correct answers. To do this, simply click the dropdown menu for Create a new question and select Short Answer from the dropdown menu. The Category for this question will again be Identification of Organisms.
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  1. 8m 21s
    1. Welcome
      2m 8s
    2. Course overview
      5m 22s
    3. Using the exercise files
  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 24s
    1. HTML editor overview
      10m 11s
    2. Formatting text
      8m 42s
    3. Creating tables
      9m 32s
    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 24s
    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 51s
    7. Preparing video files
      7m 45s
    8. Posting video
      3m 48s
    9. Inserting video from YouTube
      4m 37s
  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 41s
    1. Course administration overview
      3m 4s
    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 13s
    1. Additional resources
      2m 58s
    2. Goodbye
      1m 15s

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Moodle is an online tool that allows educators to interact with students outside the classroom and manage a course from anywhere. In Moodle Essential Training for Teachers, Chris Mattia shows how this program works for teachers on three levels: disseminating information, creating a forum where ideas are exchanged, and assessing the progress of students. Chris shows how to build course materials with Moodle's HTML editor, post assignments, and save time by using Moodle's grade book to evaluate tests automatically and organize scores. Exercise files accompany the course.

Topics include:
  • Installing and configuring Moodle
  • Preparing media files for distribution inside a Moodle course
  • Posting instructions on the course home page
  • Setting up course-specific glossaries and databases
  • Building assignments students can complete online
  • Using Moodle's built-in email and discussion boards
  • Creating a wiki inside Moodle for students to build and contribute content
  • Developing multimedia exams to assess course comprehension
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Chris Mattia

Creating short answer questions

Now let's create a short answer question. A short answer question is one that will allow students to type in an answer to your question and Moodle will compare the result of what the student typed in to a list of possible choices that you've entered in that are correct answers. To do this, simply click the dropdown menu for Create a new question and select Short Answer from the dropdown menu. The Category for this question will again be Identification of Organisms.

For the Question name, we'll enter in Short Answer for the simplicity's sake of this training. Now, we'll go ahead and enter in the Question text. The question here is, What is the scientific name of this animal? We then want to include two types of media to depict the animal. The first way is to click the dropdown menu at the bottom for Image to display. We'll look for the file named Images/Gymnothorax _funebris.jpg. We've used this image several times before. It's the green moray eel. But we also know from previous exercises that there is a video file out on YouTube that would be a great thing to input directly into this question.

To do that, we'll need to go find that Embed code up on YouTube again. Hit Command+T or Ctrl+T on your keyboard to open a new tab, then go to YouTube. We'll do a quick search for moodle_ esst_teachers, and there we can find the video for Gymnothorax Funebris that we've seen earlier. We'll click on the link for that file. Then we'll select the code in the Embed field. We'll copy it with Command+C or Ctrl+C, close the YouTube tab and return back to our course.

We'll then click the Toggle HTML Source button, hit Enter or Return on our keyboard and press Command+V or Ctrl+V in order to paste the Embed code for the YouTube video. We can then return back to the standard view by toggling the source back and then scroll down on our window to complete the setup of this question. We'll leave the default question grade set to 1 with a penalty factor of 0.1. We'll leave the General feedback blank, and then we'll need to decide if we want our answers to be case-sensitive or not. In this case, for simplicity's sake, we'll leave this set to No. Case is not important, meaning that any capitalization that we enter into any of our answers below will be ignored by Moodle.

If the answer is more correct to have capitalization, then you could say Yes, case must match. And then depending on what you set the value for the Grade, you can give partial credit for an answer that does not have the correct capitalization. For our case, we'll leave this set to No and then come down to the first answer. Here, we'll begin by entering the most correct answer for this question, which is to type in the full scientific name of this organism, which is Gymnothorax funebris. We'll make the Grade value for this answer set to 100%.

Then we'll scroll down in the list to give the second answer. In this case, we want to let the students who may not remember what the full genus name is, but they do remember the specific epithet, so we can give partial credit for G. funebris. We'll make this answer worth only 50%. Next, we'll scroll down in the list to where we find Answer 3. Here, we want to give partial credit for students who remember the genus of the organism but may not remember the rest of the name. So in this case, we'll simply type in Gymnothorax and we'll give that answer a value of 50% as well.

Now we could end this question right here, but it would be nice to add in some partial credit if a student just remembers the common name of the organism. So we'll click the button for Blanks for 3 More Choices. As soon as the page refreshes, we can see the video file is actually being displayed now inside of our Test blank. We can scroll down in the window to Answer 4, and here we can give the common name of Green Moray, and for a common name, we're only going to give 25%.

If a student can only remember that this is an eel, we'll select Answer 5, type in the name Eel, and give it a partial credit of only 10%. Next, we'll scroll down all the way to the bottom and click the Save changes button. We'll test the question by clicking on the Preview icon next to Short Answer. Now we can see the question that we asked is up here at the top. Then we have our video that's being piped in directly from YouTube so that the students can play the video and see the animal in action. We can then scroll down in the window, we can see the image is being pulled directly from the files and folders inside of our Moodle course, and then we have the blank where we can enter in a correct answer.

Let's begin by testing the correct answer of Gymnothorax funebris. We'll click the Submit button. The page refreshes for us and as we scroll down, we can see that we got the question correct and we're given the full 1 point. Now what happens if we get rid of the funebris and we just have Gymnothorax? We click the Submit button again, scroll down in our window, and now we're shown that we get a partial credit indicated by the yellow checkmark instead of the green, and we can see that we've only gotten half credit for this question.

Go ahead and test the other answers that you entered in earlier to make sure that they all work properly. You may also want to note that if a student misspells the word, so say for instance, they just type in Gymnothora and they hit Submit, and scroll all the way down, they're not given any credit at all. Now this answer will be stored inside of Moodle, so if you want to go back later on and give additional partial credit, you're able to do that. But Moodle itself will grade this as a wrong answer and not give any credit to the student.

Let's go ahead and close the Preview window and next, we'll create an essay question.

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