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ANSWER: A</pre>
 
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Both these examples imported into Moodle (1.9) gave questions looking like:
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Both these examples imported into Moodle gave questions looking like:
 
  Which LMS has the most quiz import formats?
 
  Which LMS has the most quiz import formats?
 
  Choose one answer.
 
  Choose one answer.
  a. Blackboard
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* a. Blackboard
  b. WebCT
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* b. WebCT
  c. ATutor
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* c. ATutor
  d. Moodle
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* d. Moodle
  e. Claroline
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* e. Claroline
  f. Ilias   
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* f. Ilias   
  
 
=== Importing ===
 
=== Importing ===
  
 
When importing there are many options, but these do not influence Aiken Format import:
 
When importing there are many options, but these do not influence Aiken Format import:
  Get category from file [_]  
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* Get category from file [_]  
  Get context from file [_]
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* Get context from file [_]
  Match grades [Error if grade not listed/Nearest grade if not listed]
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* Match grades [Error if grade not listed/Nearest grade if not listed]
  Stop on error [Yes/No]  
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* Stop on error [Yes/No]  
  
 
===Hints and Tips===
 
===Hints and Tips===

Revision as of 22:33, 22 January 2015

The Aiken format is a very simple way of creating multiple choice questions using a clear human-readable format. (The GIFT format has many more options and perhaps is less prone to errors, but doesn't look as straight-forward as AIKEN. ) The question must be all on one line. Each answer must start with a single uppercase letter, followed by a period '.' or a bracket ')', then a space. The answer line must immediately follow, starting with "ANSWER: " (NOTE the space after the colon) and then giving the appropriate letter.

NOTE: The answer letters (A,B,C etc.) and the word "ANSWER" must be capitalised as shown, otherwise the import will fail.

Here is an example of the format:

What is the correct answer to this question?
A. Is it this one?
B. Maybe this answer?
C. Possibly this one?
D. Must be this one!
ANSWER: D

Which LMS has the most quiz import formats?
A) Moodle
B) ATutor
C) Claroline
D) Blackboard
E) WebCT
F) Ilias
ANSWER: A

Both these examples imported into Moodle gave questions looking like:

Which LMS has the most quiz import formats?
Choose one answer.
* a. Blackboard 	
* b. WebCT 	
* c. ATutor 	
* d. Moodle 	
* e. Claroline 	
* f. Ilias  

Importing

When importing there are many options, but these do not influence Aiken Format import:

  • Get category from file [_]
  • Get context from file [_]
  • Match grades [Error if grade not listed/Nearest grade if not listed]
  • Stop on error [Yes/No]

Hints and Tips

  • Use a text editor, like PSPad, (Windows "notepad" may not save with right encoding) to write the file with questions and save as a TXT file in UTF-8 format. Use only simple ' not slant ones ´ ` ! Avoid other exotic characters like … HORIZONTAL ELLIPSIS (http://www.fileformat.info/info/unicode/char/2026/index.htm, three dots as a single character).
  • Moodle XML Converter - more extensive version of AIKEN format. Supports almost all Moodle questions types - multichoice, shortanswer, cloze, essay, order, matching, numeric, truefalse

See also