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{{Moodle 1.6}}This feature allows a teacher to create, preview, and edit questions in a course question bank, a database of questions. These questions can then be used in [[Quizzes]] and through the export process in a Lesson. The teacher enters the question bank by creating or editing a quiz activity or through the Administration block [[Image:Question Icon Administration Block.JPG]]
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This feature allows a teacher to create, preview, and edit questions in a database of question categories. The categories can be limited to being used on the site, course or quiz level.  The questions in a category can be added to a [[Quiz module|Quiz]] or to a [[Lesson module|lesson activity]] via an export process. The teacher enters the question bank by creating or editing a quiz activity or via ''Settings > Course administration > Question bank''.
  
The initial Question Bank page has tabs that allow you (as teacher) to edit questions, [[Question categories|categories]], [[Import questions|import questions]] and [[Export questions|export questions]].
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==Select a category==
[[Image:Question_bank_tabs.gif]]
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Questions are organised into categories. Initially each course has only one category called "Default". It is good practice to create more categories to organize your questions. This not only makes it easier to find questions, but makes the use of random questions and matching question easier. You can create a hierarchy of categories because you can create subcategories inside parent categories. To add or edit categories click on the "[[Question categories|Categories]]" tab.
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Questions are organised into categories. Initially each course has only one category called "Default". It is good practice to create more categories to organize your questions. You can create a hierarchy of categories because you can create subcategories inside parent categories. To add or edit categories click on the "[[Question categories|Categories]]" tab.
 
  
 
The question editing screen shows the questions from the currently selected category. You choose this category from the '''Category:''' drop-down menu. Using the tick box below that menu you determine whether to also show the questions from all subcategories.
 
The question editing screen shows the questions from the currently selected category. You choose this category from the '''Category:''' drop-down menu. Using the tick box below that menu you determine whether to also show the questions from all subcategories.
  
===Categories are shared in contexts since Moodle 1.9===
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===Categories are shared in contexts===
  
{{Moodle 1.9}}Since Moodle 1.9 there are separate question category trees in each different 'context' in which questions are shared. The contexts available to you depend on whether you access the question bank from an activity or from a course and depend on the permissions assigned you for access to questions. See [[Question contexts]] for more information on these contexts.
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There are separate question category trees in each different 'context' in which questions are shared. The contexts available to you depend on whether you access the question bank from an activity or from a course and depend on the permissions assigned you for access to questions. See [[Question contexts]] for more information on these contexts.
  
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==Add a new question==
                                               
 
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# Click the ''Questions'' tab to access the Question Bank page, if not there already.
 
# Click the ''Questions'' tab to access the Question Bank page, if not there already.
 
# From the '''Category''' drop-down menu, select a category you want to add a question to.
 
# From the '''Category''' drop-down menu, select a category you want to add a question to.
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The first column in the list of questions contains a number of icons and a selection box.
 
The first column in the list of questions contains a number of icons and a selection box.
  
Clicking on the '''Preview''' icon will open a preview window in which you can test the question. The '''Edit''' icon allows you to edit the question via the same form that you used to create it. The '''Delete''' icon deletes the question, provided it is not already in use in some activity. The selection box allows you to select a subset of questions that you can then move to another category using the controls below the list of questions.
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Clicking on the '''Preview''' icon will open a preview window in which you can test the question. The '''Edit''' icon allows you to edit the question via the same form that you used to create it. The '''Delete''' icon deletes the question, provided it is not already in use in some activity. The selection box allows you to select a subset of questions that you can then move to another category using the controls below the list of questions. The '''move''' icon allows you to move one question at a time.
 
 
{{Moodle 1.9}}As of Moodle 1.9 the '''move''' icon allows you to move one question at a time.
 
  
 
==Tips and tricks==
 
==Tips and tricks==
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*Remember that while some of the same question types can be found in both the Quiz and Lesson modules, they can be very different.  Scoring and grading each student's choice is more robust in a Quiz.  On the other hand, each Lesson question answer also has a [[Jumps|jump]] associated it.
 
*Remember that while some of the same question types can be found in both the Quiz and Lesson modules, they can be very different.  Scoring and grading each student's choice is more robust in a Quiz.  On the other hand, each Lesson question answer also has a [[Jumps|jump]] associated it.
 
*Use GIFT or other export modes to print questions and answers in a category.  Hint, clever use of word processor macros, using search and replace, can tidy up a GIFT file for printing.
 
*Use GIFT or other export modes to print questions and answers in a category.  Hint, clever use of word processor macros, using search and replace, can tidy up a GIFT file for printing.
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*The question title is useful in sorting and making notes. For example, "ZZ remove 2010-3 Why did the Moodler cross", will put this question at the bottom of the list.  Or where you want a 'the' questions in a category to appear in a specific order, use letters or numbers, knowing that AA will come first, AB will be second in the list.
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*Do a copy and paste from a PDF file into the question content area.  Reduces "other" hidden code which Word, Open Office and other programs can insert.
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==Sharing and Managing Question banks==
  
==See also==
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Be default, teachers can manage only the questions in the context of the courses they are in. You can set up a role to allow teachers to share and manager questions on a larger scale.  
For info on question sharing relevant to versions of Moodle before Moodle 1.9 see :
 
  
*[http://moodle.org/mod/data/view.php?d=13&advanced=1&f_46=Question+Type&f_98=Third-Party Third-party question types]
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You can also use this role to create a special system-wide "Question bank Manager" instead of giving admin level or site-wide Manager access to a person managing the Questions.
*[http://moodle.org/mod/data/view.php?d=13&advanced=1&f_46=Question+Import/Export+Format&f_98=Third-Party Third-Party question import/export formats]
 
*Using Moodle [http://moodle.org/mod/forum/discuss.php?d=58774 Sharing Question Databases] forum discussion
 
*Using Moodle [http://moodle.org/mod/forum/discuss.php?d=33335&parent=154984 Media in Quiz questions] forum reply
 
  
For info on Question bank changes from Moodle 1.9 see :
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* [[Question_Engine_Changes_in_Moodle_1.9]]
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*[[How to let teachers share questions between courses]]
  
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Latest revision as of 18:48, 8 April 2013

This feature allows a teacher to create, preview, and edit questions in a database of question categories. The categories can be limited to being used on the site, course or quiz level. The questions in a category can be added to a Quiz or to a lesson activity via an export process. The teacher enters the question bank by creating or editing a quiz activity or via Settings > Course administration > Question bank.

Select a category

Questions are organised into categories. Initially each course has only one category called "Default". It is good practice to create more categories to organize your questions. This not only makes it easier to find questions, but makes the use of random questions and matching question easier. You can create a hierarchy of categories because you can create subcategories inside parent categories. To add or edit categories click on the "Categories" tab.

The question editing screen shows the questions from the currently selected category. You choose this category from the Category: drop-down menu. Using the tick box below that menu you determine whether to also show the questions from all subcategories.

Categories are shared in contexts

There are separate question category trees in each different 'context' in which questions are shared. The contexts available to you depend on whether you access the question bank from an activity or from a course and depend on the permissions assigned you for access to questions. See Question contexts for more information on these contexts.

Add a new question

  1. Click the Questions tab to access the Question Bank page, if not there already.
  2. From the Category drop-down menu, select a category you want to add a question to.
  3. The page will change to show the questions already in that category
  4. Select the question type you want to create from the Create new question drop-down menu.
  5. Fill in the form for the question type you are creating. Each question type has its own form and has its own options.
  6. Click Save Changes at the bottom of the form.

Preview, Edit, Delete, and Move

The first column in the list of questions contains a number of icons and a selection box.

Clicking on the Preview icon will open a preview window in which you can test the question. The Edit icon allows you to edit the question via the same form that you used to create it. The Delete icon deletes the question, provided it is not already in use in some activity. The selection box allows you to select a subset of questions that you can then move to another category using the controls below the list of questions. The move icon allows you to move one question at a time.

Tips and tricks

  • Put the answer into the question name so you can quickly see the answers when students are asking for answers. This is especially useful if you're dealing with large sets of questions! (No option yet for viewing category or answer of question in the list of questions.)
  • Export questions in GIFT or Moodle XML formats, then import them into a Lesson. (Future versions of Moodle will make Question bank available to both Lesson and Quiz activities.)
  • Remember that while some of the same question types can be found in both the Quiz and Lesson modules, they can be very different. Scoring and grading each student's choice is more robust in a Quiz. On the other hand, each Lesson question answer also has a jump associated it.
  • Use GIFT or other export modes to print questions and answers in a category. Hint, clever use of word processor macros, using search and replace, can tidy up a GIFT file for printing.
  • The question title is useful in sorting and making notes. For example, "ZZ remove 2010-3 Why did the Moodler cross", will put this question at the bottom of the list. Or where you want a 'the' questions in a category to appear in a specific order, use letters or numbers, knowing that AA will come first, AB will be second in the list.
  • Do a copy and paste from a PDF file into the question content area. Reduces "other" hidden code which Word, Open Office and other programs can insert.

Sharing and Managing Question banks

Be default, teachers can manage only the questions in the context of the courses they are in. You can set up a role to allow teachers to share and manager questions on a larger scale.

You can also use this role to create a special system-wide "Question bank Manager" instead of giving admin level or site-wide Manager access to a person managing the Questions.

See: