Choice settings

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Note: You are currently viewing documentation for Moodle 2.2. Up-to-date documentation for the latest stable version is available here: Choice settings.

Choice administration settings

  • With the editing turned on, choose from the dropdown Add an Activity the option Choice.



A short name of the choice (e.g. "Favourite colour"). This will be displayed on the course's homepage.

Introduction text

Type the description of the choice activity here. It should contain the question that you want your students to answer. An example of the choice text could be "What is your favourite colour?"


Enabling this option allows you to limit the number of participants who can select each particular choice. When that number has been reached, no one else can select that choice.

Warning!! If you unintentionally check this box but don't add a number then your students won't be able to select any choices and will get confused :)

Option 1; Option 2 etc 1

  • Specify here the options that participants have to choose from. They will become radio buttons when the choice is saved.
  • You need a minimum of 2 for it to work. You can leave other options blank or click "Add 3 fields to form" to add more options.
  • If Limits is disabled, then any number of participants can select any of the options.


Restrict answering

  • If you check this box you can set an "open and close" date for your choice.
  • If you leave it, they can respond at any time. Hint:

Miscellaneous settings

Display mode

  • Choose "horizontally" if you only have three or four choices maximum; choose "vertically if you have a large number of choices.

Publish results

  • This determines whether (and when) the students will be able to view the results of the choice activity. They may:
  • never see the results of the choice
  • see the results only after they have given the answer themselves
  • see the results only after the closing date of the choice
  • always see the results

Privacy of results

If "Publish" was chosen above, then this dropdown in unlocked. You can decide whether to show names of students or merely the number who responded but without names.

Allow choice to be updated

If this is set to "Yes", students can change their mind after they have voted. If it's set to "No", students cannot change their choice.

Show column for unanswered

If set to "Yes", this will display a column showing how many participants have not answered the choice activity yet. If set to "No", the results will only include the participants who have already voted.

Common module settings

Group mode

The group mode can be one of three levels:

  • No groups - There are no sub groups, everyone is part of one big community
  • Separate groups - Each group can only see their own group, others are invisible
  • Visible groups - Each group works in their own group, but can also see other groups

The group mode can be defined at two levels:

  • Course level - The group mode defined at the course level is the default mode for all activities defined within that course
  • Activity level - Each activity that supports groups can also define its own grouping mode. If the course is set to "force group mode" then the setting for each activity is ignored.

(pink arrow, above)

Visible to students

You can hide the activity from students by selecting "Hide" here. It is useful if you wouldn't like to make the activity available immediately.

(black arrow, above)

Choice responses

Choice responses
Choice responses can be viewed by teachers and non-editing teachers (i.e. users with the capability mod/choice:readresponses allowed) via the "View x responses" link at the top right of the choice page.

Choice responses can be downloaded in ODS, Excel or text format.

Choice responses can be deleted/reset by teachers and non-editing teachers (i.e. users with the capability mod/choice:deleteresponses allowed).

Choice permissions

The following capabilities are related to choices: