To start building a category of questions, either select an existing category or create a new one
as indicated. Once you have made your selection from the Category drop down list, the screen
will refresh and display any existing questions that have been created under the category you
have selected (Fig. 25). Moodle gives you options at this point as to how questions are created
and added to the category:
Import questions from file: this imports existing questions from file systems Moodle
recognizes (AON, Blackboard, Course Test Management, GIFT, IMS/QTI, Missing word
format and WebCT).
Create multiple questions: this feature creates a specified number of random
questions. These questions are drawn randomly from your database of pre existing
questions. You specify the category the questions come from, so Moodle will not
accidentally ask questions about Othello when you are teaching Hamlet!
Create new question: (most common selection)
When you create a new question, it is stored in the category you select. It is then always
available to add to any quiz at any time. To create a new question, select the type of question
you want from the pull down menu. You have the option of adding:
1. Multiple choice questions
2. True/False questions
3. A short answer question
4. A numerical question
5. Matching question
6. Description question
7. Random set
8. Random short answer
9. A special embedded question (Cloze)
Multiple Choice To add a multiple choice question, select Multiple Choice in the Create new
question drop down menu. This will take you to the multiple choice question screen. Type in
the name of the question (something to help you identify the question in the list), and type in
the question. You do not have to type the answers in the Question box the program will list
the answers you type in the various Choice # boxes.
You may select an image to display, if you have any loaded resources in the course Files area
(see Learner Management section of manual). You may then select if students are allowed to
select more than one answer, or if there is only one answer allowed. Next, fill in your answers
for the multiple choice question, and include feedback text if you wish.
In Moodle, you have an option to apply a weight to multiple choice questions. The positive
answers must add up to 100%, or the system will ask if that is what you want to do. You do
have the option to assign negative weight to an answer, such that a wrong answer might
actually count against the student, instead of being no credit. This might be true where multiple
answers are possible, such that A) is worth 50%, B) is worth 50% and C) is worth 50%.
A student selecting A) and C) would get full credit, but a student selecting A) and B) would get
no credit at all. You do have the option to make a wrong answer not count either way as well.
When you are done filling in your questions, answers, feedback and grade, click on
Save changes. This action will return you to the quiz edit screen (Fig. 26), with the new
question listed. You are now ready to add another question.
True/False the questions are just that true/false. To add a true/false question, select True/
False from the Create new question drop down menu. This will take you through a process
similar to that of creating multiple choice questions discussed above.
Short Answer To create a short answer question, select Short Answer from the Create new
question drop down menu. This will take you through a process similar to that of creating
multiple choice questions discussed above. Fill in the question name (something that will tell
you what the question is) and the question itself. The question can have up to 5 short answer
answers. This can be very flexible. You can make a fill in the blank (e.g. President Bush is