Multiple Choice question type

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Moodle provides you with a lot of flexibility when creating this common question type. As the teacher, you can create single answer and multiple answer questions, display pictures or sound in the question and/or even in the answer choices (by inserting html) and weight individual answers.

Multiple choice question types

There are two types of multiple choice questions - single answer and multiple answer.

Single-answer questions
These questions allow one and only one answer to be chosen by providing radio buttons next to the answers. You will specify non-negative marks for each answer, usually zero marks for wrong answers, maximum marks for correct answers and partial marks for partially correct answers.
Multiple-answer questions
These questions allow one or more answers to be chosen by providing check boxes next to the answers. Each answer may carry a positive or negative grade, so that choosing ALL the options will not necessarily result in good grade. If the total grade is negative then the total grade for this question will be zero.

Feedback can be associated either with specific answers, or with the question as a whole.

Question set-up

  1. Start out by giving the question a description or title. You'll use the name to track your questions later so "Question 1" isn't a good idea. The name will be used in the question lists on the quiz editing page or in the lesson as a page title. It will not be shown to the students, so you can choose any name that makes sense to you and possibly other teachers.
  2. Create the question text. If you're using the HTML Editor, you can format the question just like a word processing document.
  3. If you want to add an image to the question, you have two options:
    • If you've already uploaded an image to your Files area, it will be available to add to the question stem in a drop-down menu under the Question text area
    • If you're using the HTML editor, you can click the image icon. This will pop-up the Insert Image window. You can choose to upload an image into your files area from this window, or you can add the URL of an image on the web. If you add a file to your files area, click the name of the file after you upload it to insert the link into the URL text entry at the top of the screen. Then click OK.
  4. Choose whether students can only select one answer or multiple answers
  5. Write your first answer in the Choice 1 text field. Inserting html into this area also makes it possible to add an image or a sound file.
  6. Select a grade percentage for the answer. This is the percentage of the total points for the question that selecting this response is worth. You can select negative percentages as well as positive percentages. So if a question is worth 10 points, selecting a correct response in a multiple answer question may give you 50% of the possible points. Selecting a wrong answer may take away 10%.
  7. If you wish, you can add feedback for each response. It may be a bit more work, but it’s good practice to tell the students why each answer is right or wrong using the feedback area. If students know why an answer is right or wrong, they can analyse their own thinking and begin to understand why an answer is correct. Your feedback will only be displayed if you select Show Feedback in the quiz body options.
  8. Fill in the rest of the response choices in the rest of the form. Any unused areas will be ignored.
  9. Select the "Save Changes" button at the bottom of the screen.

Additional feedback

Template:Moodle 1.7Moodle 1.7 includes options for adding feedback for correct/partially correct/incorrect responses. This is particularly useful for multiple-response questions, where it is difficult to control what feedback students see just using the answer-specific feedback.

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