Glossary export to quiz

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Installation

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Overview

A block to export a Glossary's entries to the Quiz Questions bank. Exports concepts & definitions to Short answer, Multiple choice, Matching or Drag and drop into text questions. Starting with the Moodle 3.6 version, it is also possible to export entries to the Gapfill contributed question type, if that plugin is installed on your Moodle site, of course.

Export entries from Glossary to moodle quiz XML file

How to access the block's configuration

After this block has been installed (by an Admin) on your Moodle site, it should be available to the site's users with a Teacher capability, in their own courses.

  1. As a teacher, go to your course's front page, Click on the main Actions icon to go into Edit mode and Turn editing on.
  2. In the side panel, click on Add a block. In the list which appears, click to select the Export Glossary to Quiz block.
  3. The Export Glossary to Quiz block gets displayed in your course's default block zone (depending on the current theme).
  4. Click on the block's Action icon to configure the Export Glossary to Quiz block.

Configuring an Export Glossary to Quiz block

  1. Use the drop-down list to select the glossary that you want to use to export its entries to the quiz questions bank. If that glossary contains categories, you can select one category to export its entries. To cancel your choice or to reset the block, simply leave that drop-down list on the Choose... position. Once a glossary has been selected, more options appear...
  2. Sorting Order. Use this setting to determine how the exported glossary entries will be ordered when you import them to your questions data bank. This can be used, in combination with the Maximum number of entries, for creating a quiz to test the latest entries to your glossary (especially a fairly large one).
  3. Maximum number of entries to export. Leave this field empty (or at its default 0 value) to export all entries from selected Glossary or Category. This option can be useful for exporting a limited number of entries from very large glossaries.
  4. Select question type
    1. Short answer When you select this type, a Case sensitivity drop-down list is displayed.
      • Case insensitive. Student responses will be accepted as correct regardless of the original glossary entry concept case (upper-case or lower-case). Example: original entry "Moodle". Accepted correct responses: "Moodle", "moodle".
      • Case sensitive. Student responses will be only be accepted as correct it the case of the original glossary entry concept is used. Example: original entry "Moodle". Accepted correct response: "Moodle".
    2. Multiple choice questions will consist of the following elements: question text = glossary entry definition; correct answer = glossary entry concept; distracters = 2 (or more) glossary entry concepts randomly selected from the glossary (or glossary category) that you have selected. When you select this type, 3 drop-down lists get displayed.
      • Number of choices. Select the number of total choices/answers you want to make available to the student (this number includes the correct answer plus the distracters).
      • Number the choices Select your preferred numbering style for the choices..
      • Shuffle within questions' Select whether the answers will be shuffled.
    3. Matching questions will consist of a number of concepts and definitions which the student will have to match. A standard text of instructions will be added to the question: 'Match the definitions and the concepts'. When you select this type, 2 drop-down lists get displayed.
      • Number of choices. Select the number of pairs you want to make available for matching.
      • Shuffle within questions' Select whether the answers will be shuffled.
    4. Drag and drop into text questions will consist of a number of definitions which the student will have to complete by dragging & dropping the concepts into blanks. A standard text of instructions will be added to the question: 'Drag each concept label to match its definition'. When you select this type, 2 drop-down lists get displayed.
      • Number of choices. Select the number of articles you want to make available for each question.
      • Shuffle within questions' Select whether the answers will be shuffled.
    5. If the Gapfill question type is installed on your moodle site, it will appear as an option in the -- Select question type -- drop-down list. If you select the Gapfill question type, one more drop-down list will be displayed, where you can choose from the 3 display modes for Gapfill: gapfill, dragdrop or dropdown. If you select the gapfill or the dragdrop modes, you'll have a further option of fixed gap size. See the Gapfill question documentation for more info.
  5. Save changes Upon saving the form validation check may throw out a message warning you that the number of entries or of choices you entered are incorrect. Please amend as needed before re-saving!

Exporting the selected entries as questions to a moodle Questions XML file

  1. You are back in the course homepage, but now the block displays the settings you have selected.
  2. Click on the Export n entries and create n questions link.
  3. Now you are on page Your course -> Glossaries -> [glosssary name] -> Glossary -> Export entries to Quiz (XML)
  4. Click on the Export button.
  5. At the prompt, save file to your computer. Its named after this pattern: [glosssary name] [QUESTIONTYPE (abbreviated)] questions.xml.
  6. Click the Return to course button/link. You see that the the Export Glossary to Quiz block has been reset.

Import to the quiz questions bank

  1. In Administration block, click Questions to go to the Questions bank
  2. On the Edit questions page, Click the Import tab
  3. Set these settings:

    • File format : Moodle XML format
    • General
    • Category Default
    • Get category from file (check it)
    • Import from file upload...

  4. Go to the file you saved to your computer and click Upload this file button.
  5. If all goes well, the imported questions should get displayed on the next screen.
  6. Click Continue.
  7. On the next page, the Question bank displays the new category name (formed on the name of the exported Glossary, plus the name of its category if you selected one of the glossary's categories) and of course all the questions that were imported
  8. You can now use these questions in a quiz.