Quiz Activity

This article demonstrates how to create basic Quizzes for your course.


Introduction to Quizzes

The Quiz module provides trainers with the ability to create quizzes using a variety of question types, including multiple choice, true-or-false, or drag-and-drop questions. 

Each quiz question can be stored within a question bank, allowing it to be reused in other quizzes and other courses. Quiz questions can be imported in bulk, and in a wide variety of file formats.

Quizzes are highly configurable, and include a variety of features.  Quizzes have a wide range of scoring and grading options, and trainers can manually override grades if necessary. Quizzes also allow trainers the ability to specify how many attempts a learner can have in successfully completing the quiz. 

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Step 1: Setting Up a Question Bank

Quiz questions are stored in a question bank, and are organized into categories. A category can exist at four different levels within your site, which are quiz, course, course category, and system level.

Questions can be reused within a specified category. For example, if a question has been saved in a course level category, then introductory quiz questions can be reused in a larger test if they both belong in the same course.

Question banks can be created or edited by navigating to Course Administration > Question Bank, or Quiz Administration > Question Bank.

plus-Jan-29-2021-10-02-33-11-PM  Adding a Category

Creating categories and sub-categories is a great way of efficiently organizing your quiz questions. By creating multiple sub-categories, questions can be grouped into different subjects, types, or levels of difficulty. Quizzes using the random question selection option will thus include the right mix of questions.

To create a category or sub-category:

1.  On your desired course homepage, navigate to Course Administration > Question Bank > Categories to access the 'Edit Categories' page.


2.  Expand the Add Category section. Select an appropriate Parent Category for your new sub-category. If you would like to create a major category, then select Top for the corresponding level.


3.  Enter a Name for your category in the corresponding field.


4.  Click the Add Category button.


edit-Jan-29-2021-10-03-48-77-PM  Managing Categories

1.  To edit a category, click on the corresponding Settings icon cogbuttons2-1 to change the name or description. 

2.  To edit the arrangement of questions within a particular category or sub-category, or the arrangement of categories within a particular level, use the corresponding Up and Down Arrow icons arrowbuttons-1 to move them. 

3.  To delete a sub-category, click on the corresponding Delete icon deletebutton-2 to remove it. The last category within a level cannot be removed. 

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Step 2: Creating a Quiz Activity

To create a basic quiz activity for your course:

1.  On your desired course homepage, click the Turn Editing On button.


2.  Create or select an appropriate Activity block, and click the 'Add an Activity or Resource' link. 


3.  Select the Quiz option from the Activity section and click Add at the bottom of the page.

4.  Expand the General section, and enter a name for your Quiz module in the Name field.


5.  Expand the Timing section. 

Time Limit: Allows you to enable setting a time limit for your quiz.


When Time Expires: Allows you to determine how a quiz is submitted if a learner logs out or fails to submit their attempt within the time limit.


6.  Expand the Grade section.

Grade to Pass: Allows you to set a minimum grade required to pass the quiz.

important-4  NOTE

Before quizzes are edited, the Grade to Pass is set out of 10. Thus, any values initially entered into the Grade to Pass field must be a value out of 10.


Attempts Allowed: Allows you to specify the number of attempts that a learner can have when completing the quiz, or to provide unlimited attempts.


Grading Method: If multiple quiz attempts are enabled, this allows you to determine how the final quiz grade is calculated. 


7.  Expand the Layout section, and ensure that New Page drop-down menu is set to Every Question.

8.  Expand the Question Behaviour section.

Shuffle Within Questions: Allows you to enable the shuffling of responses to questions with multiple parts each time a learner attempts the quiz, if the option is also enabled in the questions settings.

How Questions Behave: Allows you to determine how learners interact with quiz questions. Listed below are some popular options.

Deferred Feedback: Learners must submit the entire quiz to complete their attempt. Once the quiz attempt has been submitted, they will be able to view their grades and feedback.

Immediate Feedback: Allows the learner to immediately receive a score after responding to each question.

Certain options also provide Certainty-Based Marking (CBM), where learners enter a corresponding value with each question that represents the level of certainty in the correctness of their answer. 

9.  Expand the Review Options section to determine how much information is shown to learners during and after their quiz attempts.

During the Attempt: Learners can review the selected information during each of their quiz attempts. If you have selected the Immediate Feedback option, then we recommend that you uncheck the Right Answer option.


10.  Expand the Restrict Access section. If necessary, select an appropriate category to restrict your quiz by, and configure its corresponding settings.


Configuring the Restrict Access section can help direct learning in your course.

For example, you can restrict activities to ensure that learners complete 'prerequisite' activities beforehand.

You can also restrict resources based on passing grades, so that learners who did not pass a certain quiz or assignment can receive extra resources.

11.  Expand the Activity Completion section.

Completion Tracking: Allows you to determine how activity completion is tracked for your assignment through using the corresponding drop-down menu. For quizzes, we recommend that you select 'Show Activity as Complete When Conditions Are Met.' 

We also recommend that you enable both the Require Grade and Require Passing Grade options, but not the Require View option. If all three are enabled, then learners must complete their view, and subsequently view the activity afterwards for it to be considered complete. 


12.  Once you are complete, click Save and Display at the bottom of the page. 


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Step 3: Selecting Quiz Questions

1.  On the quiz page, navigate to Quiz Administration > Edit Quiz. 

2.  Click the Add link, and select an option from the drop-down menu. 


+ a new question: Allows you to create a new question.

+ from a question bank: Allows you to add an existing question from a selected question bank.

+ a random question: Allows you to select a question bank category from which a randomly selected question will be added to the quiz.

plus-Jan-29-2021-10-02-33-11-PM  Adding a New Question

1.  Select an appropriate question type, and click Add at the bottom of the page. Popular question types include Multiple choice, True/False, or Drag and Drop. 

For this example, we will be selecting multiple choice.

2.  Expand the General section, and configure the following settings.

Category: Allows you to select an appropriate category for your question in the question bank.


Question Name:  Allows you to enter a question name that can be used for organization purposes.


Question Text: Allows you to enter the question being asked, or the task provided to the learner.


Default Mark: Allows you to define how much the question is worth in the quiz. If the question is a relatively difficult one, or if there are multiple correct responses, then you can consider increasing the value of the default mark. 


One or Multiple Answers?: Allows you to select whether your question has one correct answer, or multiple. 


2.  Expand the Answers section, and configure the following settings.

Choice: Enter a response option under each header.

Grade: Select a grade that the learner will receive when selecting the corresponding choice. 


3.  Once you are complete, click Save Changes and Continue Editing.


grid2-1  Adding a Question from the Question Bank

1.  Select an appropriate question category from the corresponding drop-down menu.


2.  If you would like to add an individual question, then click the corresponding Add icon. If you would like to add multiple questions, then you can select their corresponding checkboxes and click Add Selected Questions to the Quiz.


shuffle-1  Adding Random Questions

1.  Select an appropriate question category from the corresponding drop-down menu.


2.  Select your desired number of random questions. 


3.  Click Add Random Question.

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Step 4: Editing Quiz Questions

1.  If necessary, enter a new Maximum Grade for your quiz. This may require you to go back and enter a new Passing Grade in your quiz settings.


2.  If you would like to change the weight of a question, you can edit it in the corresponding field. This change will then be displayed in the Total of Marks below the Maximum Grade.


This option works best for specified questions, and not when selected questions are random.

3.  If you would like to force specific questions to appear on a particular page, you can use the drag and drop icon to organize questions into different pages. 


4.  If you would like to randomize quiz questions even further, then you can enable the Shuffle option. 


5.  If you would like to delete a quiz question, click on the corresponding delete icon deletebutton-3 to remove it.

6.  Once you are complete, click Save beside Maximum Grade.


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