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Moodle Quizzes: How questions behave - Options and Benefits

Moodle Quizzes - How Questions BehaveLooking at ways to engage learners more in quizzes in Moodle/Totara Learn? Have you thought about the various options available in the “How questions behave” quiz setting?

The feedback options are of particular importance since many organisations use the quiz activity as a means for the learner to check how well they’ve understood the learning material and inform the learner of any misconceptions and/or identify the topics that need to be revisited. Therefore, a key consideration when configuring the quiz activity is when to share this feedback with the learner.

In this post we’ll cover the question behaviours available and why they should be considered to help engage your learners and aid learning.

'How questions behave' options: 

Moodle quiz - How questions behave - question types

1. Deferred feedback

This is possibly the most commonly selected option for our clients. The learner will answer all the questions within a quiz before finally submitting their attempt for marking; only then, once the quiz attempt has been submitted, is the learner redirected to a review page where feedback can be displayed.

2. Immediate feedback*

During the quiz attempt, the learner clicks a button after each question to check their answer. Regardless of whether the learner is right or wrong, feedback is presented to the learner and the answer is locked; the learner cannot re-try this question in this quiz attempt.

Moodle quiz question type - Immediate Feedback

3. Interactive with multiple tries*

This option works similarly to ‘Immediate feedback’ in that the learner checks each answer and reads the feedback as they work through the questions. If the learner’s answer is correct, then the answer is locked and the student cannot change their response. If the learner’s answer is incorrect, and hints exist for the question, then the learner will be presented with a hint and can retry the question for as many hints as have been defined for that question. If no hints exist, then the learner cannot retry the question.

*If either ‘Immediate feedback’ or ‘Interactive with multiple tries’ options are selected, it is possible to force questions to be answered (ie. checked) before the learner can progress to the subsequent question – further explanation on Conditional Questions is available in a previous blog on the Moodle Quiz here.

Moodle quiz question type - Interactive with Multiple Tries

4. Adaptive mode

With 'Adaptive mode', the learner checks their answer after each question and is informed whether they are right or wrong; no feedback is provided here. The question can be retried as many times as the learner likes, regardless of whether they get the question correct. A penalty (defined in the ‘Penalty for each incorrect try’ setting of the Quiz) is applied to the mark for that question for each attempt.

5. Adaptive mode (no penalties)

'Adaptive mode (no penalties)'  works the same as Adaptive mode (above) but no penalties are applied to the mark for that question.

6. CBM Marking (option available with ‘Deferred feedback’ and ‘Immediate feedback’)

The question behaviours are the same as explained in the respective options above but the learner is also asked to indicate how certain they are with their answer. Depending on the level of certainty selected, the learner will be awarded between 1 and 3 if correct, and between 0 and -6 if incorrect. The purpose of CBM is to make learners think about their answers, and from a teacher’s perspective, can improve the reliability of assessment data.

Moodle quiz question type - CBM Immediate Feedback

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The Question Bank and Quiz activity are covered extensively as part of our Moodle Course Creator training. If you would like to get more out of your Moodle or Totara Learn site, we'd love to help, get in touch with our friendly team here or call 0330 660 1111.

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