Lesson questions

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Note: You are currently viewing documentation for Moodle 1.9. Up-to-date documentation for the latest stable version is available here: Lesson questions.

Questions in the Lesson activity module are slightly different than in the Quiz module/Question bank modules. There are fewer types, Lesson questions use jumps, can be scored differently and thus the question edit screens look very different. This page will discuss the mechanics of editing each type and rely upon linking so as not to duplicate efforts with information found about the Question bank types.

The lesson module gives a good overview of the lesson types. Editing question page(Lesson questions only) gives more detailed instructions for teachers.

Parts of a question

This is a quick review. Each Lesson question page has a title and a place where content is presented. The number of student answers, teacher responses, navigational jumps and scores depends upon the question type and sometimes upon the lesson setting.

Multiple choice (single answer)

Multiple choice allow the student to select one answer out of many. Each answer can have a default response, a specific teacher response, or no responce shown to the student. It is similar with a jump associated with a student answer. There is a default jumps of "this page" or "next page", or the teacher may select another more specific page for each individual answer.


Multianswer is created using the Multiple choice form and by checking multianswer box. Multianswer allow the student to select more than one answer of many. In this Lesson question type, every correct answer must have both the same jump and the same response. And every wrong answer must have both the same jump and response. A correct answer is one that receives a positive score or advances the student forward in the edit order.

There is no partial credit given for selecting some of the correct answers in a lesson question of this type.


True-False is a type of Multiple choice, except it is limited to two possible answers. Please refer to the Multiple choice section.


In a matching question, students use a pulldown menu to come up with a match. The quiz page on Matching question types describes the process. There is one response and jump for getting the entire question correct and another response and jump when the match was wrong.


A student is as to provide the results of a calculation in a single answer. The Quiz page about Numerical question types has more information about evaluation of the student answer. Like a short answer, the teacher uses the series of answer as a filter. With the last one being "all the other wrong answers".

Short answer

A student is asked to provide a single short answer. The teacher uses a series of answer/response/jump/score as a series of filters to evaluate the students short answer. Each one can have a unique response, jump and score. The last one in the series is always all the other wrong answers.

The Quiz page about Short-Answer question type has more information about evaluation of the student answer. Notice that Lesson has a different evaluation method than Quiz for this kind of question.

Please note: Starting with Moodle 1.6 in the Lesson module, there are two different student answer analysis systems available for the Short Answer type of question: the simple system is used by default. The second type only available in Lesson Module is called "Regular Expressions". See Short answer analysis for a description of the new type, with examples.

Short essay

In an lesson, after the student submits the answer for this type of question, the teacher must enter the lesson in edit mode to see a list of the student submitted essay questions for the teacher to manually grade.