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[[Image:Choices_Icon.GIF]] A '''choice''' [[Teacher_documentation#Activity_modules|activity]] is very simple – the teacher asks a question and specifies a choice of multiple responses. It can be useful as a quick poll to stimulate thinking about a topic; to allow the class to vote on a direction for the course; or to gather research consent.
 
  
Choice requires some preparation time for creating your activity and thinking about what results you would like to achieve, but your participation with activity itself is likely to be minimal.  
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The Choice activity allows you to ask a question and set up radio buttons which learners can click to make a selection from a number of possible responses. They can choose one or more option and they can update their selection if you allow them. Choices can be useful as quick poll to stimulate thinking about a topic; to allow the class to vote on a direction for the course, or to gauge progress.  
  
==Educational Benefits of Using Choice==
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The screencast '''[https://www.youtube.com/watch?t=194&v=VmBd4RW_HCQ Have your say]''' gives a brief overview of how to set up a Choice activity and the documentation '''[[Choice settings]]''' provides more detailed information on Choice creation. See the documentation '''[[Using Choice]]''' for ideas on how to incorporate this activity into your teaching.  
Pedagogically, the choice activity can be used to provide an opportunity to share starting points through which learners are encouraged to think about and articulate existing knowledge and understandings of a topic. For example, you can ask students to make ‘choices’ about a statement such as “in learning to become a teacher, the most significant issue for me is” (giving the following choices): trust, theoretical underpinnings, communication or delivering materials to students.  
 
  
This has two benefits: firstly, it forces participants to engage with their choice and think, in advance of a further related activity (you might wish to follow up such a choice activity with a forum discussion or a reflective activity like the online text assignment), about the context and consequences of this choice. Secondly, it allows tutors and students to gain a better understanding of existing views/understandings/knowledge related to the question, idea or concept at hand in the Choice activity.
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[[File:choicestudentview.png|thumb|center|500px|Student view of choice]]
  
The choice activity in Moodle only allows a participant to select one choice from a variety of options (that you provide), but you may set the activity so that participants can change their choices. You can also set the activity so that it ‘closes’ or ‘locks down’ on a specific date, making all choices final from that point on. This allows participants to change their minds several times before a final date.
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As a teacher you can always see the results, but you can also choose whether or not to allow learners to see each others' choices and whether or not to allow them to see the names or merely the percentage of votes. You can download their reponses in a variety of formats. Responses may be 'published', ie made visible once the learner has made a selection, or visible once the choice is closed. Choice options may be restricted so only a certain number may make a particular selectionand you can also opt to display a column showing  who have not made their selection.
  
== See also ==
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[[File:choiceresults.png|thumb|500px|center|Teacher view of choice results]]
  
* [http://download.moodle.org/docs/using_moodle/ch14_surveys.pdf Using Moodle Chapter 14: Surveys and Choices]
 
* [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=shkelQDKbtM Choice module video]
 
* Using Moodle [http://moodle.org/mod/forum/discuss.php?d=43536 Have Your Students "Sign" an Agreement] forum discussion
 
* [[Choice block]] - a 3rd party block
 
  
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Other questions? Try  the [[Choice FAQ]]
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Latest revision as of 17:45, 10 March 2016


The Choice activity allows you to ask a question and set up radio buttons which learners can click to make a selection from a number of possible responses. They can choose one or more option and they can update their selection if you allow them. Choices can be useful as quick poll to stimulate thinking about a topic; to allow the class to vote on a direction for the course, or to gauge progress.

The screencast Have your say gives a brief overview of how to set up a Choice activity and the documentation Choice settings provides more detailed information on Choice creation. See the documentation Using Choice for ideas on how to incorporate this activity into your teaching.

Student view of choice

As a teacher you can always see the results, but you can also choose whether or not to allow learners to see each others' choices and whether or not to allow them to see the names or merely the percentage of votes. You can download their reponses in a variety of formats. Responses may be 'published', ie made visible once the learner has made a selection, or visible once the choice is closed. Choice options may be restricted so only a certain number may make a particular selection, and you can also opt to display a column showing who have not made their selection.

Teacher view of choice results


Other questions? Try the Choice FAQ