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Creating A Moodle Quiz (Simplified)
As a new Moodle user, it is easy to get overwhelmed by the number of creative choices available within this Learning Management System (LMS). These instructions will simplify the process for you.
Before you Start: You will need Moodle access (of course). These instructions also assume you have already created your Moodle course shell. Don’t know how to do that? Check out my “Creating a Course in Moodle (Simplified)".
Login and Turn on Editing
- Login to Moodle. Do not use Internet Explorer (IE). Firefox or Chrome work much better. I have not tried it on a MAC but I've heard it works fine on Safari.
- Scroll to the bottom of the page and click on your Course Link or Course Name (hyperlinked). You will most likely have named it after your course (Eng 101, SPC 201, etc…).
- The first thing you need to do is ‘Turn Editing On’. On the top right of the screen, click the Turn Editing on Button. If you do not, you will not be able to create a quiz.
'Turn Editing on" Button
Click Your Week
- Your course will be broken up by weeks, modules or folders. This can be edited in Moodle.
- Click on the class week or folder where you wish to add the folder.
- Most often, your course is broken up by the weeks. If your course starts Aug. 15th then click on the 'Week Aug. 15-21st.
- In the bottom right corner of that Aug. 15 week, you’ll see an ‘Add’ button with a tiny plus sign.
Click + Add
Check Mark Quiz
- Click Add. You must have pop-up’s allowed.
- Check mark ‘Quiz’ from the list and click ADD at the bottom of the page.
This Is What Quiz Pop-up Looks Like
Name it and Save it.
- Add the name of your quiz.
- *You can edit your quiz features here but you don’t have to change anything.
- Click ‘Save and Display’.
DO NOT click the other save option. You specifically need 'Save and DISPLAY'.
Name and Save Visual
Click Edit Quiz
- On the next page, Click ‘Edit Quiz’.
- In this next section, we will add questions.
There are some variations on how this looks in Moodle depending on how your Moodle is set up. I will be loading 'two views of this screen below'.
Click Edit Quiz (Visual)
Creating Your Own Questions in Your Quiz
- Click “New Question”.
- Choose Type such as Multiple Choice or True/False from the pop-up and click Add.
- Click Save Changes.
- ‘Do NOT click “Save and Continuing Editing unless you wish to change the question you just created’.
- Click Add at the bottom of the screen to add a second question.
Writing a Multiple Choice Question
When you fill out the question materials for a Multiple Choice question, here is what each category means.
- Title: This is the reference name or word that lets you find this question easily later if you need to edit it.
- Question Text: The actual question you are asking. It allows text or visuals to be used.
- Under Answers, you'll see two blanks for each option separated by a percentage number. The blank directly ABOVE the percentage box is the possible question answer. The blank directly BELOW the percentage drop down is the 'feedback' for that answer. Feedback lines can be blank. Answer blanks cannot.
- Percentage drop down. Please change the percentage drop down to 100% on the right answer.
- Change it to -100% on the wrong answers.
Alternate Look to ADD a Question (IMPORTANT)
Moodle can vary quite a bit in look.
Your 'Add a Question' button may be located in the middle of the screen under the quiz title. Just FYI.
Other display options:
Sometimes the Navigation and Administration on the left side of the screen are columns and sometimes they are tiny hidden tabs. The function is the same.
The same can be said of the quiz display. I am listing an alternate look for the QUIZ display below.
The functionality is the same, it is merely laid out differently. You'll also see a question pool displayed in the following photo. I'll discuss in the next section.
ALTERNATE LAYOUT for Quizzing/Navigation
Below you'll see 2 views of the button to add questions from the publisher testing pools. To use this feature, you must have imported your test files before attempting this type of quizzing.
In MoodleRooms (Joule), you'll often see the Tab Pop-Up with the three options 'A New Question, From Question Bank, A Random Question'.
In other versions of Moodle, you'll see a Box (usually dark blue) with a Hide/Show button on the right side of the screen for the Publisher questions. The New/Random Questions option will be located in the middle top of the screen next to the Save button instead of on the right.
VIEW 1: Moodle Rooms Add From Question Pool
After you have click either on the "Add A Question from the Question Bank' in Moodle Rooms, you'll get a pop-up with a drop down arrow underneath.
The drop down arrow gives you access to the categories or the chapter question pool you added from your publisher.
- Click your chapter.
- Checkmark the questions you want.
- Click Add to Quiz
MoodleRoom Tab Look
VIEW 2: Moodle Adding Questions from Publisher Pool
Each Moodle can vary depending on your how your company or school has chosen to set it up. This is why I'm showing you both of the 2 most common layouts.
In View 2, the publisher questions are not access through a pop-up tab.
Instead you'll click on the box usually called "Question Bank Contents" or Publisher Content. This box is normally dark blue and often has a Show/Hide button located at the bottom.
Can't see the drop down? Click Show.
Once you can see the drop down, click 'Select the Category'. It will have a little drop down arrow beside it.
You'll then see the question pools you imported earlier. Most often they are called Chapter 1, Chapter 2 and so on unless you renamed them.
- For example, click Chapter 1 or any pool you've imported.
- Underneath all of the questions available for Chapter 1 will be listed in a column.
- Check mark the questions you wish to use by click the little empty square next to the question.
- At the bottom, click 'Add to Quiz' at the bottom of the screen.
- Click Save
The SAVE button will normally be located in the middle top part of the screen usually two lines under the Quiz Title.
If you don't save, nothing we did matters.
VIew 2: Step By Step Adding From a Pool
Mixing Your Questions with the Question Pool
To mix your own questions with the test pool from the publisher, add your questions from the question pool, then click the 'Add A Question' button and write your own question.
When you have completed all questions then click SAVE.
The Quiz will flow automatically into the gradebook.
Congrats you created a quiz.