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Moodle Help

This guide is designed to assist Earlham faculty with Moodle questions. Moodle 3.8 is Earlham's learning management system that assists with teaching and learning.

Create Quiz

When you add a quiz to your course, you can choose to add multiple choice, true/false, short answer, essay, and matching questions as well as many other options. For a more detailed explanation of the Quiz activity, see the documentation on this topic.
  1. In the Top Right corner of your course, click the gear symbol to access administrative settings. Select Turn editing on.
  2. Choose the drop-down menu that lists Add an activity, and select Quiz.
  3. On the Adding a new Quiz page, Give your quiz a Name, and you can add a Description. (Note: There is a box to click below the description if you want the description to show in your class.) 
  4. Select other options below the Description box. These options include: 
    Timing (ex. when you want the quiz to open and close, if you want the quiz to have a time limit, etc.)
    Grade (ex. how many attempts you will allow, etc.)
    Layout (ex. how many questions you want to display, etc.)
    Question behavior (ex. if you want questions to be shuffled, etc.)
    Review options (ex. when you want students to receive feedback, the correct response, points, etc.)
    Others: AppearanceExtra restrictions on attempts, Overall feedbackCommon module settingsRestrict access
    For more information about each of these options, visit's documantation on Quiz settings
  5. Click Save and display at the bottom of the page. 
  6. Next, you can add questions by clicking Edit quiz.
  7. You can add the Maximum grade, and then click Save. You can choose to Shuffle questions just below the Maximum grade area. 
  8. Next, click Add, which you will find a few lines under the Maximum grade area. Choose to add a new questionfrom question bank, or a random question.
  9. If you are adding a new question, then select the option.
  10. Choose the type of question from the list, and click Add.
  11. Follow the steps provided for the question you selected. Click Save changes when you are finished with that specific question.
  12. When you are finished adding questions to the quiz, click Save changes.

The Moodle Quiz Activity

Tips: Academic Integrity and Online Quizzes

In an online environment there is not a real way to prevent students from taking quizzes and finals with open books or open note. Because of all the ways that students can look up information and talk to their classmates, it may be better to embrace it. Instead of thinking of quizzes as a way to assess student memorization before attempting a quiz, think of it as an activity, to reinforce or support lessons from class or course readings. Some examples of alternative approaches to quizzes:

  • Apply a concept that was covered in class to an example that wasn't exactly discussed or included in the text book, so that answers can't be found in open notes or open textbooks.
  • Allow students to retake exams multiple times and let the highest score count.
  • Ask questions about concepts instead of exact answers.
  • Give students a list of options that are not an exact thing, but ask them to pick which one is most like the thing. (None of these songs are by Beethoven -- which is the most like Beethoven)
  • Change from multiple choice questions to open ended responses.
  • Have students engage in a real-world related skill, such as writting a review, writing a report, etc.

If you do want to keep using traditional quizzes in Moodle, there are a few tweaks one could make in the settings that could make it slightly more difficult for students to share answers:

  • Change when correct answers are revealed.

Moodle's default setting is to let students see all the complete answers as soon as they finish their quiz attempt. Instead, one can change it so that the correct answers are not revealed until after the time to take the quiz is over. Go to Quiz Settings, under Review Options. Uncheck all the options in the first three columns, making it so results and correct answers are not revealed until after the quiz is closed. 

  • Shuffle the order of questions.

On the "Edit Quiz" page, which lists all the questions for the quiz, in the top right corner is a box you can click, "Shuffle". This will make it so all the questions are asked, but that the order will be different for each student attempting it. 

  • Question Bank

You can set up a bank of questions -- many different questions and students get a random sampling of questions, so not every student gets the exact same set of questions. This is much more work for the faculty, and perhaps less fair for students if there is varying difficulty in the questions in the bank.

  • Randomize Answer Order

Answer order can be shuffled within questions, making it harder to share answers (i.e., the correct answer will be A for Student 1 and B for Student 2).

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