The quiz feature inside of the Moodle learning management system gives you access to a wide variety of question types. Most types, such as multiple choice or true or false, are automatically graded, and feedback can be instantly delivered to the learner. Moodle also provides instructors with a question bank which allows questions to be quickly added to any new quiz that is being created.
- [Instructor] One of the most traditional forms of formal assessment is the quiz or exam. Inside of Moodle, it's easy to create and administer one of these assessments using the Quiz Activity. Let's take a look at how to create one and some of the options we have when creating it. Now, I'll scroll down and inside one of these sections, click on Add an Activity or Resource. From here, I'll select Quiz and then Add. Now, here, we can start setting up the quiz and making sure we adjust the settings. Now, again, this is going to be a little bit strange because we never actually enter any questions.
We first need to set the quiz up and then we can add the questions. So up here, I'll title it Sample Quiz. I can give a description if I'd like and decide whether I want that to appear on the course page and then we have some important decisions to make. The first is on Timing. First of all, when do you want the quiz to open and when do you want it to close? Now, if I don't enable either of these, it will just appear on the site. For here, we can set the Time Limit and in this case, I do want to have a time limit of 15 minutes so students will have 15 minutes to complete it.
Now, when the time expires, I can choose whether I want open attempts to be submitted automatically, if there's a grace period or if attempts must be submitted before time expires or they're not counted. I'm going to click on Open Attempts are Submitted Automatically. Now, under Grade, we can decide which category we'd like this to be in, what the necessary grade is to pass, how many attempts we allow so do you want it to be unlimited attempts or maybe you want them to only take it one time. Now, if you choose more than one, we will have to answer the question of which one do we want to be used as the grade? Is it the highest grade, the average grade, first attempt or last attempt? For the Layout, we can decide how many questions we want per page.
For Question Behavior, we can decide whether we want to shuffle the questions. Now, for Review Options, this is where you have to spend a little bit of time. I personally like to have it where when the student finishes their quiz, they immediately see how they did and they can see which ones they got incorrect and what the correct answers were. If you're worried about the integrity of the students and whether they'll share answers, you may want to go ahead and turn some of these off. Maybe you want to only keep it on after the quiz is closed to everyone.
You'll have to make that decision and customize this section for the quiz. Now, we can choose more on the Appearance, Extra Restrictions including entering a password and more. When we're done, I can click Save and Display and like I said though, we haven't added any questions yet. So it says here that no questions have been added but we can click on Edit Quiz. Here is where we can now start to add questions. So on the right hand side, if I click Add, I can decide whether I want to create a new question, a question from the question bank or add a random question.
Now, I want to add a new question so I'll click here and we have several different choices. We can choose from Multiple Choice and True/False, Matching, Short Answer, Numerical and there are a ton of them and I highly suggest taking a look at some of the different question types that are here. I really like some of the new ones such as the Drag and Drop Text and others that have students put a little bit more higher order thinking into them rather than just simply answering a multiple choice question. Now, you also have the ability to add an essay question up here or a description.
Those are ones that will not be automatically graded. However, ones like Multiple Choice, True/False, Matching will be automatically graded as the user responds to them. Now, in this case, I would click Add and I can begin adding a question. In this case however, I have already added some questions to a previous quiz and anytime you create a question inside of Moodle, it's saved in your question bank. Now, the question bank is great because when you click Add from Question Bank, it will bring up any questions that you've already created.
You can click them and add them to the quiz. So here, I just added one question. If I want, once I have a bunch of them, I can move the questions around, up and down and different things like that. So I'm going to go back to my dashboard and let's take a look at a quiz that I already created. So down here, I have a Communications Quiz and I'm actually going to switch to the role of a student and let's see what this looks like. So here, the student already took it. They'll click on reattempt quiz, Start attempt and this is one question per page.
So here, they need to drag and drop the different things so Context, Sender, Message, Receiver. Next Page, they'll answer this question and I'll put some answers in here. I think I actually got those correct and on the next page, I want to get this one wrong. So which one do we do the most? I'll say reading and Finish Attempt. Now, it have it where they'll get instant feedback. So when they do this, I'll click Submit All and Finish even though I still have 19 minutes and 20 seconds left.
Submit All and Finish and it lets me know how I did. I got the first answer correct, got the second one correct but the third one I got incorrect. The correct answer was listening. So I really like that when students are given immediate feedback and they can see how they did. The Quiz feature inside of Moodle is a great tool to create formal assessments such as quizzes and tests that can quickly be created and assigned to your learners. It also allows us ability to give learners instant feedback on their performance and empowers you to have learners continue submitting quizzes until they have all of the questions correct.
It allows for a wide range of question types allowing you to assess learners on more than just simple multiple choice questions. One recommendation I have is to create some pretests that tests learners' understanding of the content before you teach it. This is a great way to help show the learner how much they've improved rather than just what they know at the end of the course.
- Establishing learning objectives
- Determining an assessment strategy
- Using informal and formal assessments
- Creating knowledge checks
- Using the Moodle gradebook
- Providing personalized feedback
- Creating rubrics
- Creating and submitting assignments