Tips for designing and delivering quizzes in Moodle

Posted on: January 9, 2019 | By: Scott Hildebrand | Filed under: Tech Tips, Moodle

Depiction of Moodle QuizzesLast spring, Moodle quizzes were created in almost 200 courses across the University; many faculty have turned to the Moodle Quiz tool as an alternative to traditional Scantron bubble sheets. Whether you were one of the many who utilized this tool for administering quizzes, or you are new to this feature-rich tool, here are some features to consider when designing and delivering your online quizzes in Moodle:

  • Question types – Use a variety of available question types including short answer, essay, and video/audio response
  • Shuffle questions - Randomize the order in which the quiz questions appear
  • Time limits - Set customizable time limits for all or specific students
  • Quiz navigation – Choose sequential navigation to force students to progress through the questions in order and not go back to a previous question or skip to a later one
  • Synchronous activity in WebEx - Use WebEx to meet virtually if your quiz contains a presentation or group project component

To learn more about this tool, check out Moodle’s Quiz quick guide.

What about cheating?

While there is no way to completely prevent cheating, incorporating some of these features will limit the opportunity. Remind your students that just like face-to-face quizzes, they are expected to uphold the values of the Elon University Honor Code.

Need more help?

If you’re not sure where to start, Teaching and Learning Technologies (TLT) is happy to set up a consultation to discuss the many options you have for designing and delivering your quizzes. Contact TLT at (336) 278-5006 or for more information.

For help troubleshooting Moodle or for general questions, visit the IT Self-Service Portal or contact the Technology Service Desk at (336) 278-5200.

Scott Hildebrand

Scott Hildebrand serves as an Assistant Director of Teaching and Learning Technologies. Scott helps design and deliver workshops, events, and other developmental opportunities to promote the use of technology in teaching and learning as well as the effective use of office productivity tools.

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