Quizzes on QMplus allow teachers to create online tests with a variety of questions types, such as multiple choice, short answer, fill in the blank, true/false, etc
Quizzes can be set up to be automatically marked and provide automatic feedback to students according to their answers. Quizzes can also be set up to allow a variety of other post-quiz-taking operations, including re-grading a quiz test, results analysis, etc
This guide covers:
- Adding the quiz activity to the course
- Configuring the quiz settings (such as open/close dates, passwords, time limits, attempts allowed etc.)
- Adding questions to the quiz
- Previewing the quiz
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Step 1: Adding a Quiz activity to the course
- Turn Editing On
- Under the Topic/Week where you want to add the quiz to, select Quiz from the Add an activity or resource menu and select Add.
Step 2: Configuring the Quiz settings
Next, set some initial settings for the Quiz.
- Under the General section:
- Set the Name of the quiz and add a description (Introduction) for the students to see.
- Under the Timing section:
- Choose when the quiz should become available for taking (Open the quiz) and when it will be closed (Close the quiz).
- Set the Time limit allowed to students while taking the quiz as well as what to do when the time has expired (automatically submit when time is up, allow a grace period, attempts must be submitted by student to be counted)
- Under the Grade section:
- If you set up grade categories in advance, you can assign the quiz to your designated grade category.
- Set what grade is required to pass
- Set how many Attempts allowed (how many times can the student redo the test)
- Set a Grading method for multiple-attempts quizzes – Highest grade auto calculates the highest score achieved from all attempts, Average score calculates the average score of all attempts, etc.
- Under the General section:
- Under the Layout section you can determine how many pages, and how many questions per page, as well as set how students can navigate through the quiz – whether sequentially or freely.
- Under the Question Behaviour you can set whether the questions are shuffled so that they appear in a different order for each student. There are also various ways to set how the questions will behave, such as:
- Adaptive mode
- Deferred Feedback (with/without Certainty Based Marking)
- Immediate Feedback (with/without Certainty Based Marking)
- Multiple tries
For more information on what the above behaviours mean – refer to the Moodle documentation on question behaviours.
- Under Review options you can set up whether you would like students to be able to review their answers and feedback, and when.
- There are other useful features such as being able to set a password (under extra restriction section) and how the quiz itself will appear (with or without blocks, for example)
- You can set automatic Overall Feedback that is given to the student after quiz ends, according to their Grades achieved.
- Under the Restrict Access section, you can set Restrictions such as requiring a pass on other quizzes to access this one, or requiring a password to access the quiz, etc.
Step 3: Adding Questions to the quiz
There are two ways of adding questions to a quiz:
- From a Question Bank
To add questions directly after adding a blank quiz follow the steps below :
- Select the Type of Question you want to include from the menu:
Essay: Allows an answer of a few sentences or paragraphs. This must then be graded manually.
Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ): Allows the selection of a single or multiple answers from a pre-defined list.
Short-Answer Questions: Allows an answer of one or a few words that is graded by comparing against various model answers, which may contain wildcards.
Drag and drop: Allows you to add different answers to drag and drop into boxes, these can be markers, text or images.
- For a full list of question types visit this Moodle page.
- Let us select Short-Answer Question as an example. Pick a Name for the Question (This is just an identifier and not the actual Question).
- Ask the actual Question in the Question Text. The following is an example Question Text – ‘Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was a famous ______?’
- Enter the Model Answers for the question against which answers entered by the student are compared for Correctness. The correct answer is marked with 100% Grade. You must assign at least one correct answer in a question. You can assign 50% to partially correct answers. Multiple answers with 100% grades are all considered correct answers.
- Select the Default Mark for this particular question (out of the maximum Quiz’s marks).
- Select a Penalty for incorrect answers (attempts).
- In the end, do not forget to click on SAVE CHANGES.
To add a pre-existing question from the Question Bank,
- Select Add from Question Bank after selecting Edit quiz
- Select Category with questions
- Select the question(s) required and Add selected questions to the quiz
- Then click Save (at top of screen)
Step 4: Previewing Quizzes and Re-ordering, Re-editing, Deleting Questions
- Turn Editing on
- Select the quiz you want to operate with from under a Topic/Week.
- From the left hand Navigation under Settings>Quiz administration, select Preview for a preview of the quiz.
- Select Edit quiz from the left hand Navigation under Settings>Quiz administration to view a list of all the questions under that particular quiz.
- To re-order questions, click on the grey arrows beside them.
- To re-edit questions (change their Question-text, settings, etc) – just select that particular question.
- To delete a Question, just click on the cross.
Further information at: qmplus.qmul.ac.uk.
Produced by the e-Learning Unit at Queen Mary, University of London.
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