Adding Activities

Activities, such as forums, quizzes and wikis enable interactive content to be added to the course. Some are only suitable for a tutor/teacher supported course (tutor only) rather than a free standing open educational resource.

  • Blog allows for creation of blogs within a course (tutor only)
  • Choice enables a tutor to ask a question and offer possible responses (tutor only)
  • Custom Certificate is your preferred design, rather than standard Statement of Participation
  • Forum provides a discussion Moodle forum facility (tutor only)
  • Glossary can be a list of definitions, like a dictionary, or resources for information.  
  • H5P HTML5 Package of interactive content (presentations, videos, multimedia, questions etc).
  • Lesson enables sharing content and/or practice activities in flexible ways (tutor only). 
  • Questionnaire allows survey construction using a variety of survey question types.
  • Quiz enables a course author to create quizzes comprising questions of various types.
  • SCORM package Shareable Content Object Reference Model collection of files.   
  • StudentQuiz allows students to add questions for the crowd (tutor only).
  • Wiki lets users edit a set of linked pages, often a collaborative activity (tutor only). 
  • Workshop enables collection, review and peer assessment of students' work (tutor only)

8. Quiz

8.1. Quiz writing advice

Writing a quiz

To maximise the use of a quiz to test the understanding of the course materials it is important to make sure you base the quiz questions on the course content and on the learning outcomes. If you are not the author of the course materials you need to read the materials before starting to write the quiz. If you are the author of the course materials, it is good practice to draft quiz questions as you write, then review the questions you’ve drafted (even if they’re very rough and under-developed) when you’ve completed writing the content.

There are several techniques for writing effective questions:

  1. Using scenario-based questions to test application.
    This goes beyond simply recalling facts! Can your learners apply what they’ve learned in your course in realistic situations?
  2. Be careful with keywords.
    Questions that simply ask a learner to recall a keyword (e.g., ‘What does the S in SMART goal stand for?’) won’t help them to apply what they’ve learned in real life. 
    Another common mistake is to use a keyword that gives away the answer within the question text (e.g., “What are the steps in setting a SMART goal?”).
  3. Avoid using ‘all/none of the above’. 
    Quite simply: this makes it very easy to guess the answer!
  4. Vary your question types to suit the content. 
    Think about which question type will best suit the knowledge you want to assess. Consider using multiple question types throughout the quiz to keep it interesting.