Sunday, February 3, 2013

The best way to create Moodle quiz questions for Microsoft users. Period.


What do you use to create Moodle quiz questions? Moodle's built in quiz engine? If you're an expert user, you may be using Notepad (I kid you not!) and the GIFT format of quiz questions. Like so.


// true/false
::Q1:: 1+1=2 {T}

// multiple choice with specified feedback for right and wrong answers
::Q2:: What's between orange and green in the spectrum? 
{ =yellow # right; good! ~red # wrong, it's yellow ~blue # wrong, it's yellow }

// fill-in-the-blank
::Q3:: Two plus {=two =2} equals four.

// matching
::Q4:: Which animal eats which food? { =cat -> cat food =dog -> dog food }
Source: http://docs.moodle.org/20/en/GIFT_format


In my humble opinion, the advantage of the GIFT format is that it allows the casual to expert user to quickly create quiz questions which are then imported into Moodle's quiz engine. It shouldn't take a teacher too long to get used to the text-based method and notation.

I have used the GIFT format in the past to create quiz questions. So, I am not knocking it when I say that the disadvantage, in my humble opinion, is novice users (teachers new to Moodle) may find it too cryptic and will want something closer to home. Another drawback is, how do you insert graphics and image files into a GIFT format file?


Creating quiz questions with Microsoft Word 2007 and 2010

Source: http://alturl.com/phxtc

I want to now share with you what, in my humble and honest opinion, is the best way for Moodle newbies and novice users, who use Microsoft Word 2007 or 2010, to create Moodle quiz questions. Here it is,  Daniel Scheidegger's Word Template version 20, which Lael Grant modified into version 21. Others from the Moodle community have also contributed code to it. This forum explains a bit.




Now isn't this a sight for sore eyes for the Ms Word user?

I'm using this excellent Ms Word quiz template to create Moodle quiz questions. It saves the Ms Word 2007 or 2010 content as an XML file. It works and saves me time when creating quiz questions.

Here are FIVE reasons why I like it. No, love it.
  1. Great tab and icon interface. Blends in seamlessly with Microsoft Word's menus.
  2. It uses Ms Word 2007 or 2010 which is what many users at my college are familiar with; if you and your colleagues already use Microsoft Word, then using the Word quiz template will allow them to start from familiar ground;
  3. It's a WYSIWYG way of creating quizzes - you can see all the questions within the same document;
  4. You can easily paste images into the quiz document, and those images will be embedded into the XML file. So your quiz questions will show those images as part of the questions that they belong in;
  5. Instead of importing the questions into Moodle's question bank, you can always edit and print the Winword file that contains the questions as a question paper.
You can download it from http://moodle.wcc.nsw.edu.au/mod/resource/view.php?id=6059. Make sure you login as Guest. Alternatively, you can get it from here as well.

Here are some screenshots of my quiz document. I'm using Ms Word 2007.

The Mini Cooper dashboard image
was pasted using the Paste Image icon


Using the matching items quiz question
is a bit challenging when you reach the last item.


True and False statement
questions can also be added.


More Multiple-Choice questions.


Don't you just love images
within your quiz questions? 


How to use the Quiz template? Here's an abbreviated guide (read: I'm lazy).
  1. Download and extract the contents of the zip file. 
  2. Double click on the file named Example.docx. 
  3. Modify accordingly. Make use of the Moodle quiz tab icons on the ribbon.

    Two useful buttons.
  4. When ready, click the Check Layout icon to check for any formatting errors. 
  5. If all is well, then click the Export to XML button to create an XML file.
    Any images you pasted into the questions will be automatically embedded into the xml file. Isn't that wonderful?

So have I convinced you, dear Microsoft Word user, that Daniel Scheidegger's Word quiz template is a God-send? Is anyone else using a template similar to this? What's your best practice when it comes to creating quiz questions for Moodle? Just use Notepad and create GIFT format questions? Or use Excel templates? Moodle's native Quiz question form and interface?

What about non-Microsoft users? What quiz question creator tool do you use?
Please share your tool and experience.

Thanks,
Frankie Kam

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