Creating Quizzes

This is the basic instruction in creating quizzes in e-Learning.
  • Open the e-Learning site for your course and turn editing on.
  • Scroll down to the Topic/Week where you wish to add a quiz, and click on "+ Add an activity or resource"

  • This takes you to the quiz settings page.  You will configure the settings for your quiz here, but won't add questions until after you complete this page.  First, give your quiz a title in the "Name" text box, and type instructions for students in the "Description" box.  The thing you place in the "Description" box will be the things students see on the quiz landing page before they take the quiz.  You can also add media (images, video, etc.) to this description if needed, and choose whether or not to display the description on the main course page.

Configuring the quiz settings

  • Moodle offers a variety of settings on this first quiz settings page to help you configure the quiz the way you want it.  Most of these settings are optional.

  • Open the quiz - allows you to specify when the quiz will first become accessible for students to make attempts.
  • Close the quiz - allows you to set a time to close the quiz.  Once it is closed, students will not be able to start new attempts, and answers in existing attempts that are submitted after the closing time will be saved, but not marked for grading.  Students are still able to see the quiz description and review their attempts, though, even after the quiz is closed.
  • Time limit - this is turned off by default, but when enabled, students will see a countdown timer when they take the quiz and when the alloted time (set here) is up, their quiz will be submitted automatically with whatever answers they have at the time.
  • When time expires - allows you to decide what will happen with unsubmitted answers when the time limit is up.  They can either be submitted automatically, not counted (but saved for you to view), or carried over into a grave period in which the student can submit open attempts but cannot answer any more questions.
  • Submission grace period - if you selected "There is a grace period..." above, then you can check the box to enable this option and specify a period of time after time is up during which students can still submit their quiz.

  • Grade category - select the appropriate gradebook category for this quiz.
  • Attempts allowed - select the number of attempts students can make at the quiz.  The default is one attempt, but it can be helpful to allow multiple attempts for quizzes that are meant to be educational activities or practice rather than an assessment.  You can randomize the quiz in conjunction with this setting so that students will get a new version for each attempt they make.
  • Grading method - this setting determines how grading should occur if you allow multiple attempts:
    • Highest grade - the final grade is the highest (best) grade in any one attempt
    • Average grade - the final grade is the average (simple mean) grade of all attempts
    • First grade - the final grade is the grade earned on the first attempt (other attempts are ignored)
    • Last grade - the final grade is the grade earned on the most recent attempt

  • Question order - keep the default option, "as shown on the edit screen," to keep the quiz questions in order.  To have them randomized each time, choose "Shuffled randomly."
  • New page - allows you to break the quiz into separate pages by limited the number of questions per page. This can be very helpful for longer quizzes. (NOTE: you can also move page breaks around later on the quiz editing page.)
  • Navigation method (available by clicking "Show Advanced") - the default setting, "Free," allows students to skip and come back to questions as they navigate through the quiz.  "Sequential" forces students to process through the questions in orer, and they cannot skip around.  If you are returning to this page after adding questions, and you want to change this setting, make sure to select the "Repaginate now" checkbox before saving your changes.

  • Shuffle within questions - select "Yes" if you want the options for multiple choice questions to be shuffled within the question.  If you want multiple choice questions to always list their options in the same order for every student, select "No."  Note that this is not the same as "Question order," which shuffles the order of the questions themselves within the quiz.
  • How questions behave - the default option is "Deferred feedback," in which students must enter every question and then submit the entire quiz before they get any feedback.  There are many detailed options here, so to read more about question behaviour, visit Moodle's Quiz Settings documentation.
  • Each attempt builds on the last (available by clicking "Show Advanced") - if multiple attempts are allowed, you can set this setting to "Yes," then each new attempt will contain the results of the previous attempt so that students can concentrate more easily on the questions they missed the first time.  Otherwise, select "No."
  • Review options - this section allows you to decide whta information students can see when they review their past attempts at the quiz.  For more details on these options, see Moodle's Quiz Settings documentation.
  • Display
    • Show the user's picture - when this setting is set to "Yes," the student will see their name and picture on-screen during the attempt and on the review screen.  This can be useful for proctored exams when the proctor wants to verify that the correct student is logged in.
    • Decimal places in grades/question grades -these settings only affect the way grades are displayed in the quiz, not how they are stored in the database or gradebook.  You can set the number of decimal places that should be shown.
    • Show blocks during quiz attempts - this setting can be left blank/set to "No" unless you want the normal blocks from your course page to be shown during the quiz, as well.
  • Extra restrictions on attempts (available by clicking "Show Advanced")
    • Require password -if you wish to put a password on the quiz, you can enter it here.  Students will then have to enter the same password in order to take the quiz.
    • Require network address - usually left blank.  This allows quiz access to be restricted to particular subnets on the local area network or internet, if you enter IP address numbers in this field.
    • Enforced delay - if multiple attempts are allowed, these two settings let you set a delay between attempts so that students are required to wait a certain amount of time before taking the quiz another time.
    • Browser security - this is a special setting that will only work if the students have JavaScript-enabled web browsers; when selected, the quiz will appear in a full-screen popup window that covers all other windows and has no navigation controls.

  • Common module settings
    • Group settings are generally left untouched for quizzes.  For more information about groups, keep visit we will create for another tutorial.
    • Visible - here you can set your quiz to be hidden from students or visible to them, just like any other activity.  Note that if you set a future start date for the quiz, making the quiz visible now will only allow students to see the quiz introduction page (which you typed in the "Description" box at the top of the page) until the actual start date arrives.

When you are finished configuring your quiz settings, click "Save and return to course" or "Save and display."

Last modified: Wednesday, 16 September 2015, 12:05 PM