Building E-Assessment: The Practical Guide to Online Quizzes in Moodle

Building E-Assessment: The Practical Guide to Online Quizzes in Moodle

Summary: Feedback on performance is a critical part of a learning environment and assessment is one of the most important activities in education. It seems like lately a lot of educators have been trying to make quizzes in Moodle, as a part of their online learning courses for effective practices.

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Feedback on performance is a critical part of a learning environment and assessment is one of the most important activities in education. It seems like lately a lot of educators have been trying to make quizzes in Moodle, as a part of their online learning courses for effective practices.

For those of you that don't know Moodle, it is the best one of free, open source course management system (CMS) designed using sound pedagogical principles, to help educators create effective online learning communities. For more information, please visit http://www.moodle.org.

Actually we have at least two preferred methods to create a quiz in Moodle. The option depends on what you want the quiz to be in Moodle.

Create Simple Quizzes with Quiz Module in Moodle

Fortunately, Moodle already has a Quiz module allowing the instructors to design and set quizzes consisting of a large variety of Question types in the easiest way. With this module, creating a new quiz is just a two-step process.

Step 1: Create the quiz activity and set options to interact with the quiz. - Ensure your role in Moodle is switched to Course creator, Teacher or other editing roles; - Within the course you enrolled, click "Turn editing on" on the Administration panel; - On the exact week in outline, click "Add an activity", and select "Quiz" in the drop-down list; - Specify the Quiz options such as Name, Timing, Display & Attempts, and save.

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Step 2: Edit the quiz and add specified questions from various question types. - In the created quiz, click "Edit" on the top navigation bar to edit the quiz detail; - Switch to the "Questions" section on second-level navigation; - In the "Question Bank", go to "Create new question", and choose the types you like.

new-question

As the easiest way to create quizzes in Moodle quickly, Quiz module offers fundamental and flexible features to meet the practical requirements. Therefore, it may not support some advanced applications such as importing audio, customizing background or collecting results.

Make Rich-Media Quizzes with SCORM/AICC Module in Moodle

Besides the simple quizzes making, some instructors may need to build the assessments with multimedia, as well as results tracking and reporting. Upon these requirements, Flash quiz is the perfect solution with multimedia authoring. With SCORM/AICC module in Moodle which allows you to upload any standard SCORM package, you can easily create and incorporate a SCROM compliant Flash quiz in your course.

Step 1: Make Flash-based quizzes with SCORM compliance. - Make Flash quiz with some assessment tool, such as Wondershare QuizCreator; - Create questions in different question type, like true or false, multiple choices, short essay, click map, matching and sequence; - Use Excel template in QuizCreator to deign a Excel-based quiz and then import; - Publish the quiz for LMS as specified SCORM compliant package.

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Step 2: Add Flash quiz as SCORM compliant content into the course. - Ensure your role in Moodle is switched to Course creator, Teacher or other editing roles; - Within the course you enrolled, click "Turn editing on" on the Administration panel; - On the exact week in outline, click "Add an activity", and select "SCORM/AICC" in the drop-down list; - Specify the settings such as Name, and choose the SCORM compliant package to upload, then save the course.

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Finally, as you can see in the course contents as Student role, and the results report as Teacher role, the SCROM compliant Flash quiz can work well with and report results to Moodle. It greatly enhances the quiz with rich media and interactivity to help the learning process.

NOTES: Moodle can be a very complicated system to install, like many other Open Source applications, if you are not an advanced computer user. I would recommend getting the help of an advanced user before attempting to install and user Moodle.

For more reference information on this subject please visit the following sites:

Quiz Module in Moodle

SCORM/AICC Module in Moodle

Create a SCORM Compliant Quiz

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