Quiz and questions community testing day

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I am proposing this as an experiment. I want to give it a try, and if it is successful, we may repeat it in future. This idea is shamelessly copied from the Mozilla community.--Tim Hunt 10:00, 24 August 2006 (CDT)

Note that this is tomorrow.Tim Hunt 12:12, 19 September 2006 (CDT)


The idea is for some of us to get together online to do some testing on Moodle 1.7dev, so we can work out what are the key bugs to fix before the release.

If you have not been able to try it yet, this would be a good chance for you to try out some of the new Moodle 1.7 features, with friendly people around to help you get started.

My reasons for doing this are mostly selfish :-). I want as many people as possible to test the Moodle 1.7 quiz before it is released, so we can find the bugs before it is released, rather than afterwards. Also, there are over 200 open quiz bugs in the Moodle bug tracker, and I could use some help going through them and sorting them. I can't work on 200 bugs at once.

As a means of communicating, we can use the OU's FlashMeeting server, which gives us audio and video conferencing, and text chat for anyone with a web browser with the Flash plugin installed. As a fallback we can use the Quiz Forum too. And that is the other reason for doing this. I have got to know some of you a bit through the forums, and it would be nice to get to know you a bit better. (I think ;-))


Wednesday 20th September 2006. This seemed to be the most popular choice.
Starting at 14:30 UTC.
The main place to congregate is http://flashmeeting.open.ac.uk/fm/index.php?pwd=3e9f2e-5486. This gives us text chat, audio and video conferencing. You can go there before the start time to test the technology, it requires a web browser with an up-to-date flash plugin. We will probably also use http://tracker.moodle.org/, http://moodle.org/mod/forum/view.php?f=121 and https://docs.moodle.org/.

The goals of the session

Help people set up test installs of 1.7dev

It is helpful to me if lots of people know how to set up their own test installation of Moodle, so that the changes I make get tested on the widest range of combinations of web server, PHP version and database. That way, I get to hear about problems sooner rather than later.

Installing your own version of Moodle may seem like a big deal to some people, but acutally it is quite easy, particularly with other people there to help out.

A list of the servers available for testing

(unless you want to set the list elsewhere)

Pierre Pichet

The site availables actually (Pierre Pichet 15:29, 19 September 2006 (CDT)) are

  1. Moodle Head (1.7)from 19/09/06, PHP 5 and MySQL 5
    1. containing the new calculated question in a working development...
    2. has been reinstall, actually empty
For teacher privileges login as moodle pw:mooodle
As a student login as moodles pw:mooodles

Triage open quiz bugs

As I said above, there are huge nubmers of quiz bugs in the database, and we need to find the ones where fixing them will give the most benefit. So we need to go through the reports and

  • Check that the problem still occurrs in the current version of Moodle. If not, close the bug.
  • If it does, work out some repeatable steps to reproduce and add them to the bug report.
  • Tidy up the bug reports. Make sure the issue type, priority, etc. are right.

Start developing a rigorous test plan for the quiz

Around the time of the 1.6 release, someone started this wiki page: Tests/Quiz. We could add to it.

I have been working on a collection of test questions. I am working towards having a complete set of examples of each question type that use all the available features, but my list is not complete yet. Also, I need to start doing the same with a set of test quizzes that test all the available options in various combinations, then create a backup course containing all those examples.

Also, I have started using a cool Firefox plugin called Selenium-IDE for automating some quiz tests. I could help people get started with it if they were interested.

Maybe fix some bugs

I think that actually fixing bugs won't be the highest priority while we are all online, but perhaps will will be able to.

Have fun

I hope the session will be enjoyable for all the participants.

Discussion about the arrangements


I am on holiday for the first week in September. Moodle 1.7 is due to be released near the end of September. Therefore, I would like to hold this in September soon after my holiday.

If you are interested, please indicate below which dates (Jeff: I thought this meant it was many days!) you would join in on. If possible, indicate they by 14:00UTC on Thursday 31st August, so I know what is happening before I disappear.

Monday 11th September
Tim Hunt | Jeff Forssell (Maybe other days too)
Wednesday 13th September
Tim Hunt|Pierre Pichet(Maybe other days too)
Friday 15th September
Tim Hunt
Saturday 16th September
Tim Hunt | N Hansen (other days are possible but I will be able to focus more this day)
Monday 18th September
Tim Hunt
Tuesday 19th September
Tim Hunt | Jeff Forssell
Wednesday 20th September http://flashmeeting.open.ac.uk/fm/index.php?pwd=3e9f2e-5486 at 1430 UTC has been chosen

(It's possible to try the link now and check your web cam/microphone, though you can't log in, yet.)

Tim Hunt | Helen Foster and Barbara Baldwin (we're happy to start at 09:00 UTC) | Bernard Boucher ( up to 18:00 UTC ) | Jeff Forssell (though this time means using family time, I'd be happier with 0900 UTC too)
Friday 21st September
Tim Hunt


I get the impression that most people who are interested in the quiz are in Europe and America, therefore, my suggestion is that we start 14:30 UTC, and go on for some hours until we get bored. (I expect day in the page title is an overstatement!) People in Japan/Autralia/New Zealand will probably only be able to make it for the start, and people in America will probably only join as some way in.

Note that you can ask Google things like time now in Darwin Australia, and you can get current UTC here: http://tycho.usno.navy.mil/cgi-bin/timer.pl.

Please feel free to comment on my suggested time. Perhaps list your time zone below:

Tim Hunt: UTC+1 Jeff Forssell: UTC+2 (an earlier time would be better for me) N Hansen: UTC-5 Pierre Pichet: UTC-5 so starting at 14:30 UTC means 9:30 OK for me