5 New question types

In 2012 - 2013 we have provided the following Moodle question types. These were all specified by Phil Butcher and implemented by Jamie Pratt using Tim Hunt's design for question plugins. If you have been following this site carefully you will not be surprised to read that all were already in use in OpenMark (and a rudimentary version of the algorithm behind pattern match was first used at the OU in 1976).

  1. Combined - enables questions to be built from four sub-questions (variable numeric, pattern match, OU multiple response and select missing words
  2. Drag and drop into text - drag words into sentences
  3. Drag and drop markers - place a marker or markers on an image
  4. Drag and drop onto images - both text and smaller images can be dragged
  5. Opaque - for connecting to external question engines. Used on this site with our OpenMark system.
  6. OU multiple response - with an OU defined scoring algorithm that we have used offline for 40 years.
  7. Pattern match - provides sophisticated response matching features
  8. Pattern match with JME - combines the Pattern match question type with Peter Ertl's Java Molecular Editor to support the automatic marking of drawn chemical structures of organic compounds
  9. Select missing words - very similar to Drag and drop into text but utilises drop down lists. More flexible than Matching.
  10. Variable numeric - supports the use of random numbers, variables and expressions within questions
  11. Variable numeric set - supports variables with sets of pre-defined values
  12. Variable numeric set with units - a combination of variable numeric set and pattern match

In 2011 - 2012 we were pleased to work closely with Chris Sangwin (then at Birmingham University, now at Loughborough University) to turn his STACK system into a Moodle question type. Saying that STACK is a single question type underplays what it will do. The STACK question type uses the Maxima computer algebra system to add sophisticated assessment in mathematics and related disciplines.

All of the above can be found in the Moodle Plugins database (http://moodle.org/ plugins [Tip: hold Ctrl and click a link to open it in a new tab. (Hide tip)] ) under Activities | Quiz | Question types. Alternatively go directly to the repositories https://github.com/ moodleou and https://github.com/ maths/ moodle-qtype_stack .

6 Improved authoring environment