Department for Curriculum and Quality Enhancement
Using the computer for assessment offers staff the potential to diversify assessment tasks, broaden the range of skills that are being assessed, and provide students with timely, detailed and informative feedback on their progress. There is an initial investment in setting up valid and robust questions, but thereafter e-assessment can generate significant efficiency gains.
We recommend the Quiz tool in Moodle for both formative and summative assessment.
What is Moodle quiz?
The Quiz tool is a standard Moodle activity. You can insert a quiz into your Moodle site in exactly the same way as you insert any other activity.
Moodle Quiz contains 19 different question types, including multiple choice, true/false, fill-in-the-blanks, drag-and-drop, and a variety of numerical question types. Quizzes, or exams, can be set up with a variety of security options; for example, they can be made live during certain time periods and have password protection applied to them.
Who is it for?
Lecturers and support staff can create Quiz activities. Note that the forms required to set up a quiz are perhaps the most complex forms in Moodle. If you need advice, please contact one of the Online Course Developers for your faculty or eLearn.
Moodle Quiz can be used for summative assessment. In this case, you might want to consider using SafeExamBrowser, which “locks down” Moodle so that the student’s computer becomes a dedicated assessment workstation. For more information read this article on Safe Exam Browser or contact eLearn.
Why should I be using it?
There are several potential advantages of e-assessment over more traditional methods. It can have lower long-term costs (although there are significant short-term costs in developing questions); it can give instant feedback to students; since marking is done by machine, it is more reliable and impartial than marking by people; it can incorporate audio and video; with large question banks, students have the opportunity to test themselves as often as they wish.
How do I use Moodle Quiz?
See the 'Help sites' section of Moodle (moodle.port.ac.uk) for a variety of support resources. If you would like further training in Moodle Quiz, please book a session using our training calendar or contact Tom Langston (firstname.lastname@example.org).
How can I access Moodle Quiz?
Access Moodle Quiz by adding it as an Activity in Moodle.
Access Quiz support materials and videos here (staff only).
View a selection of example Moodle quiz questions here (staff only).