Moodle quiz settings that safeguard Academic Integrity
Posted by Bonnie Tensen on 10 March 2015 10:02 AM

Instructors sometimes hesitate to administer quizzes online because they cannot be proctored as they are in the face-to-face classroom. They must assume the quiz will be "open book" and also cannot rule out the possibility that students might “share” information or answers with other students. However, there are precautions that can be taken using specific settings in Moodle quizzes that can safeguard academic integrity by restricting access and/or customizing the quiz for each student. Instructors can:

[Note: all of the following steps assume that instructors have already created a Moodle quiz.]

  1. To limit the time students have to complete the quiz, turn editing on and click on "Edit settings" to the right of the quiz. In the window that opens, scroll down to "Timing" and enable and set when quiz will open and close as well as how much time students have to complete the quiz. Do NOT change the default setting (that automatically submits the quiz when time expires). This ensures student work will not be lost! Then scroll down and "Save and return to course." [NOTE: If you have a student who needs extended time, see the Accommodations for Extra Time in Moodle quizzes for help with this.]

    Set date/time/limits
  2. To shuffle question order, click "Edit settings" (in the Administration block) and open the "Layout" category. Under "Question Order" select "Shuffled randomly" from the dropdown menu . 

    Shuffle question order

  3. To shuffle the order of responses, click on "edit settings" and under "Question behavior" click on "show more" and from the dropdown menu under "Shuffle within questions," select "Yes" and then "Save." [NOTE: If quiz answers include choices like "answers A and B" or "all of the above," then shuffling the order of responses will nullify the question.]

    Shuffle order of responses
  4. To randomly select questions from a pool, create a question bank with 2-3 times more questions than you will use in the quiz.  [NOTE: It might be easier to compose this in Word and then import it into Moodle.] Create the quiz (follow steps 1-4 on the page that opens when you click on the link) and click "Save and display." In the window that opens, click on "Edit quiz."

    Click on "Edit quiz" button

  5. From the dropdown menu under "Add" select the question bank you created and into which you imported your questions.

    Click "Add" and "a random question"

  6. Next to "Category," select the question bank from which you want the quiz to randomly draw. Then select the number of questions you want to be drawn from the dropdown menu next to "number of random questions." Finally, click "Add random question." [NOTE: This completes the process. Moodle will now create a new 5 question quiz for each student with questions randomly selected and shuffled.]

    Select number of questions and add to quiz

  7.  To control the type of feedback a student receives, click on "edit settings" and "Review options." You will probably want to keep the default settings since they reflect what most instructors prefer for summative assessment (i.e., the quiz is taken once to measure student learning). These settings mean that immediately after taking the quiz, students receive a score, but no indication of which questions are wrong or what are the correct answers. They will receive this information once the quiz is closed (thus preventing students from sharing answers with classmates who have not yet taken the quiz). [NOTE: If the quiz is intended for formative assessment (i.e., the quiz may be taken multiple times with students receiving feedback on answers), then instructors will want to change these settings to allow more substantive, immediate feedback.]
    Default Review options for Quiz Feedback
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Last Modified: 2015/09/18

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