Creating a Quiz

Setting Up A Quiz Shell

1. Go to Add an activity or resource... > Quiz


2. Name the quiz and provide detailed instructions for your students.  PoodLL Audio or Video should be utilized, especially early in the school year to provide additional instructions on taking the quiz.  

3.  Course quizzes may have an Open quiz date/time and Close the quiz date/time.  The time limit can be set to help to prevent cheating.  Try to be fair though in giving the students enough time to easily complete the quiz, but not enough time to look up every answer.  If the quiz is a final summative quiz, allow only 1 attempt.  If the quiz is more of a learning low stakes formative quiz, then multiple attempts should be allowed.  If a grade is being taken, the Grading method should be set to handle all situations.

3. Select the correct Grade category and sub-category.  Keep in mind that the categories and sub-categories must be set up by you in the Moodle Gradebook before this process begins.  The Gradebook setup section of training demonstrates this process.

Attempts allowed allows for multiple attempts on a quiz.  Multiple attempts is helpful for formative low stakes quizzes where students are provided feedback for incorrect answers and are pointed to the resources where to find the background information.

Grading method allows for several options.  This also is a helpful option when using Moodle quizzes for low stakes formative assessments.

4. Under the Layout section, you will choose the Question order.  If you choose Shuffled randomly, the questions will have a new order each and every time that the quiz is opened by all of the students.  This helps to prevent cheating.  As shown on the edit screen would be chosen if you would like to set up the quiz as a learning method that builds upon each question.

The next selection determines how many questions are displayed in the quiz on one page view.  Typically, a good practice is to choose Every question.  This does two things, it displays only one question at a time, which helps students to stay focused.  Additionally, if a quiz "times out" for any reason, each time that a question is completed it is saved (not yet submitted).

5. If enabled, Shuffle within questions will cause the questions to be shuffled randomly each time a student attempts the quiz, provided that the option is also enabled in the question settings (when the question was created).  This setting applies only to questions that have multiple parts, such as multiple choice or matching.

Choose the question behavior type:

Adaptive mode 

Students are allowed multiple attempts to essentially check their answer.  All questions have a default penalty of 10% which can be altered.

Adaptive mode (no penalties) 

Same as the above Adaptive mode, but with no penalties

Deferred feedback

Your eAcademy students enter an answer to each question and then submit the entire quiz before anything is graded or they get any feedback.  

Deferred feedback with CBM

Same as the above Deferred feedback but with CBM which is certainty-based marking.  This means that the student answers the question, and they also indicate how sure they are they got the question right.  The grading is adjusted by the choice of certainty.  This helps the students reflect honestly on their own level of knowledge in order to get the best grade.

Immediate feedback

Feedback is provided to the student immediately after each question is completed.  This is helpful with formative assessments that help the students learn.

Immediate feedback with CBM

Same as the above Immediate feedback but with certainty-based marking. This means that the student answers the question, and they also indicate how sure they are they got the question right.  The grading is adjusted by the choice of certainty.  This helps the students reflect honestly on their own level of knowledge in order to get the best grade.

Interactive with multiple tries

Students submit each question as they go along to get immediate feedback.  If the student gets the answer incorrect, they are able to try again with a lower grade.

Manually graded

All of the questions will be manually, not automatically graded. 



Each attempt builds on the last is useful if multiple attempts are allowed.  If this setting is set to Yes, each new quiz attempt will build upon the correctly answered questions from the previous attempt.  The quiz attempts will continue until all of the questions are answered correctly.


6. The Review options have settings that control what information the student sees when they review quiz attempts.  It also controls what they see on a quiz report.  

Immediately after the attempt means within two minutes of the attempt being finished.  

During the attempt means that immediately after answering the question.  This is available if you choose Adaptive mode, Immediate feedback, or Interactive question.

Later while the quiz is still open means that it includes the two minutes of immediately after and until the quiz close date.

After the quiz is closed means that after the close date has passed.  If the quiz does not have a close date, this state is never reached.

If you would like to allow students to access their scores, but not the question and their answers, you can choose to only allow for Marks, until after the quiz is totally closed.  This would be a method to help prevent cheating and sharing of answers.

7. As for Display and for Extra restrictions on attempts.  These are options that are rarely, if ever, used in an eAcademy setting. Simply keep the parameters on the default settings.

8. The Overall feedback is feedback that is shown to your eAcademy students after a quiz has been attempted.  You can place grade boundries that would then display the corresponding message based on the grade (or percentage) achieved.

9. The Common module settings includes assigning the quiz to a pre-determined group.  Groups are sometimes set up to administer differentiated instruction and assessment within the same classroom.  Most commonly, groups are used when Moodle is being used in the "brick and mortar" classrooms to distinguish different sections or periods of the course.

10. Restrict access is an option chosen that is used with Conditional Activities.  Conditional Activities are covered in a later section of this New Teacher Training course.

11. Click either Save and return to course or Save and display.  

If you choose Save and display, you will be taken to the following page:

You will then click Edit quiz to begin adding questions to your quiz from the Question bank or from scratch.

If you choose Save and return to course, you will be taken back to the course home page.  To then enter the quiz to begin adding questions, you would click directly on to the Quiz on the front page of your course.  You would then be taken to the page where you can click Edit quiz.  You can then begin to add questions.