Quizzes and Question Bank

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Moodle has the capability to administer a wide range of quiz formats. This is an elaborate process but in time, you as an instructor for a course, could have an extensive library of questions that would allow you to create quizzes in very little time – the key is building a library of questions.

* The sequence of actions that you can take to creating questions and using them within the Moodle Quiz are demonstrated with the following videos:

PART 1: Creating ‘categories’ to keep your questions organized in

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1. Navigate to the course that you would like to add a quiz to. 

2. Under "Administration", click "Question Bank", and select "Categories"

3. In the "Add a Category" dropdown, the parent category is your course. Name your category under "Name". You can also add a description under "Category info". Click "Add category". Add as many categories as necessary. 

4. Your categories will appear in a list under categories for your course. The number in brackets next to the category signifies how many questions are in the category. 

5. You can now also add "Sub-Categories" to your "Categories". This is done in the same way as adding categories EXCEPT that under "Parent Category" you assign this new sub-category to "Category 1". 

6. Now the sub-category will be added under "Category 1". 

NOTE that both Category 1 and subcategory example have 0 questions in this example. 

PART 2: Creating questions using Moodle’s Question Create Tool 

Now that you have set-up your categories, you are ready to make questions in Moodle. This process requires you to add one question at a time. If you have over 10 questions in your quiz, I suggest you import your quiz as this process can be time consuming. 

Check out this video:

1. Under "Administration" click "Questions"

2. The question bank will appear. Here, you can choose under "Select a Category" where you want your question to go. Leave the check boxes as is. Click "Create new question".

3. A new window will open. For this example, we will choose "Multiple choice" and click "Add".

4. A new page will open. Under "Category" you can change the category the question is in. "Question name" refers to the question subject. "Question" refers to the question. Remeber to add the default mark. In most cases, it is "1". You can also choose to add feedback, and shuffle the choices. 

5. By default, there are 5 choices to choose from. Leave any choices blank if you choose to have less than 5 choices.  In the text box, type the answer. Under "Grade" you can add 100% for the correct answer, and "None" for the wrong answer. Additionally, you can give wrong answers negative marks. After completing this, scroll to the bottom of the page and click "Save changes". 

6. The question bank with your new questions will re-appear. You can now choose to "Create a new question". Additionally, you can move the question that was created to a new category. 

PART 3: Creating questions using Word (3 steps)

i. Creating a plain text file - step 1 of 3

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1. In this example we will use multiple choice. Open your Microsoft Word document. 

2. Your document may look like this: 

Highlight your entire text (Control + A) and under the "Home" menu, click the "clear formatting"   button. Now it will look like this: 

3. Number the questions and replace the a,b,c options with 1, 2, 3 options. Remember to change the answers to their corresponding numbers as well. 

4. Save your Word file as a Plain text file. Go to File > Save as > Choose where you want to save your file > Name the file > Save as file "Plain text file .txt". A "File Conversion" window will open. Click "OK". 

5. Open the .txt file in Notepad (Notepad is the default text reader).

6. If all of your questions are multiple choice, then SKIP THIS STEP. If you have multiple types of questions such as multiple choice, essay, short answer, essay, etc, then you will have to precede each question with its type (see image below). 

Essay = essay

Short answer = shortanswer

True/False = truefalse

Numerical answer = numerical

Matching = matching


adding the word "feedback" after the answer gives you the option to give feedback after the answer is selected. 

7. Save the .txt file. 

ii. Converting the ‘plain text’ file to an .xml file - step 2 of 3

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iii. Import .xml file into Moodle - step 3 of 3 (7:06)

PART 4: Making a Moodle Quiz: two-step process

i. Step One: Creating the Quiz ‘shell’ a.k.a. the quiz parameters (10:58)

ii. Step Two: Adding questions to a Quiz (10:00)


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