What the best software used to create the XML files for quizzes? I do NOT want to use anything with flash.
Thanks in advance!
Itamar makes a good point. You can create many questions in many formats using the tools I talked about, but making the quiz is a Moodle only issue (I think I remember). So, you are going to *import* questions to Moodle, but you are going to *create* a quiz inside Moodle and then *add* questions to the quiz.
Quiz questions *really* want to be categorized as you import them. This gives you a granular way to find the questions you want. Examples of question categories:
- Lesson 1 (0) holds the exercise categories
- exercise 1 (13) real and imaginary nouns
- exercise 2 (12) identifying count and non-count nouns
- Exercise 3 (1) Counting Non-Count Nouns
- exercise 4 (8) abstract and concrete nouns
- exercise 5 (4) Noun Tests
- exercise 6 - part 1 (8) changeable nouns
- exercise 6 - part 2 (2) changeable nouns - the unchanging nouns
- exercise 7 - part 1 (3) writing specific nouns
- exercise 7 - part 2 (1) specific nouns - regular expressions
Folks in my school (VLACS, vlacs.org) agree, and we're looking at using Respondus to create assessments that can be imported to Moodle. I don't know much about other tools, but I'm definitely NOT in favor of using something 1) proprietary and 2) limited to Windows. Respondus fits both of these negative criteria.
So I'm sorry I don't have an answer; I'm just chiming in to support the idea of streamlining the question-creating process.
I wish there was a site that reviewed all of the tools that allow quiz content creation. I simply want to create native Moodle quizzes with multiple choice, fill in the blank, matching, numerical, etc without having to use the moodle interface.
I know you can upload xml files, but I want a tool that will create that xml file with a GUI interface.
GIFT is another option. You can get a Word and an Excel version of this format. Search modules on "GIFT."
We've used Respondus with good results (was recommended to us by a Mac fanatic). Also GIFT in both Word and Excel turned out well.
I found that I wanted to build a couple of quizzes in Moodle before using addon/plugin so I knew how it worked.
I also found Joseph R's regex quiz plugin quite useful. Again, available from modules.
There's also an xml plugin/format something or other for Quiz, but the instructions were too sparse to make sense to me without an xml fan nearby.
Reading the Fine Manual is a good way to start ("Fine Manual" is not only a euphemism but a metaphor).
I have attached a sample, although it might not make much sense.
We have been using GIFT format to make things quick and easy, but we may soon be switching to moodle xml format.
Any tool with a GUI slows down the process tremendousl, but if you are looking for a tool outside of moodle, hot potatoes is probably the best GUI out there, its free, and produces XML that can be imported directly into moodle or the exercises themselves can be imported thank to the efforts of Gordon Bateson.
At the moment I am just arranging my existing handouts, and files on Poodle, backing up the course and testing it out. However I haven't yet managed to get anywhere with quizzes.
I've been on to Moodle exchange but few of the mathematics questions that have been uploaded are the right level of difficulty. (I teach post-16 secondary school mathemtics). Seeing the "primary_trig_ratios_in_radians.ods you posted, this is exactly the level of questions I need.
Any you help you could offer with pre-made questions or spreadsheets you have for getting into quiz making would be greatly appreciated.
I have designed an online application where in one can keep a database of quizzes along with a question bank and then have an individual quiz exported as Moodle XML.
This should be live in a week's time.
I have been trying a easy method to create the quizzes for Moodle for my internal assessment and then I thought it would be easy to develop one after trying so many of the free ones and the paid ones in the market!
It creates quizzes from text-files. All you need is to find appropriate source materials and extract questions.
Actually, all Flash quizzes are using xml files to store the information. If you want to do the XML yourself, you have to devote more time to it, and you have to prepare for the unexpected problems, because XML is so easy to do wrong.
I think it's better to use a Quiz Maker to creat your Quiz by typing and dragging and let the software do the Flash and XML for you.
So I just want a neat editor that exports XML along with any images so I don't have to use the painful online quiz question editor.
It seems that nothing exists to do this.
Well, manually encoding base-64 of the pictures I'd want to upload in the questions is bad.
I simply want to create all types of questions in the quiz module using a GUI desktop quiz question editor. The problem is that I either see something that generates flash quizzes (Apple says Flash is dead, and I believe them), or Hot Potatoes only generates multiple choice questions.
I guess I'm trying to come up to speed here with all of the methods for creating quiz questions.
I'll have to investigate Hot Potatoes and see if that meets my needs.
A faster way is to use a local copy of Moodle on localhost, then create the questions and then export the XML/Gift format to the actual server. My shared hosting causes enough delay in response times to make online quiz question creation to be annoying.
I'll check out Respondus as well.
I don't want to have to create my own Access GUI front end for XML creation if 3rd party companies have done this as well.
the text of a question could be
<img:eiffel-tower.jpg'/> Where is Paris?
the Excel formula
and the result of this part when displayed:
Where is Paris?
Admittedly, the setup may require a bit of work. But if you create many questions it returns the investment.
I create my questions in Hot Potatoes (freeware since last September) and import them into the Moodle Quiz module using the "Format Hot Potatoes" when I need to create a test. Here's a mini example : Test d'entraînement. Otherwise, if I want them to be learning exercises, I just include them in the course using the Hot Potatoes Module or QuizPort.
Hot Potatoes is very easy to learn to use. The developers provide an excellent tutorial to learn to make the basic questions in about an hour. There are also tutorials explaining more advanced options.
MULTIPLE OPTIONS LISTED BELOW:
For those questions not involving any illustration both options below work
Examview Version 4.3 or earlier -
( Later versions not worth the effort - Examview no longer exports the XML. Part of the whole Einstruction move to prevent Examview being used by Qwizdom owners)
Export the questions as an Examview XML
Uploads consistently - Import as Examview XML
Drawback - loses indents and formatting
(Bad for me since many of my questions involve code snippets)
Does not upload pictures - forces you to upload them manually.
OPTION 2: Crazy but works
Export the questions as Blackboard Version 6 - creates a zip file.
Unzip the file
Import as Blackboard version 5 - select the res00000.dat file
Uploads well - maintains indentions and formatting
Drawback - sometimes does not cleanly export certain non alphabetic characters such as [ ] . Solution is to open the dat in notepad and correct it..
Want Questions with illustrations ????
Repeat Option 2 above.
On a question by question basis - click edit - if the question had a pic in it - it will show a empty box inside the question with the exact name of the pic.
Click insert pic - in the upload section - browse to the original folder where you unzipped the blackboard file. There will be a second folder- that has folders inside it ...in the innermost folder there will be a pic with the exact name you need. Click and upload it. (Or FTP the whole folder of pics up into your moodle folder for that class).
While this is time consuming - once uploaded- the class can be backed up with the questions in place- and restored as needed. You can also export the questions as a Moodle XML file for use in other Moodle installations.
SPECIAL NOTE - EXAMVIEW CAN IMPORT RTF FILES TYPED IN MULTIPLE QUESTION STYLE FORMATS AND CONVERT THEM TO XML FOR MOODLE.
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That will transfer all the questions exactly, and creating the questions it the most laborious bit.
You still have to add the questions to the quiz on you live server, but that is not so bad.
Hot Potatoes does not create exercises with Flash. (Though you can use Flash players to display audio and video files within Hot Potatoes just as you can with the Moodle Quiz.)
Once Hot Potatoes questions are imported into Quiz they're indistinguishable from those that have been created from the beginning in Quiz. You can see an example practice test below made with HP and imported into Quiz. (Sorry, the link I gave above doesn't allow guest access though I thought I'd tweaked the permissions so you could.)
Can you create all other types of questions besides multiple choice?
I'm afraid I've only tried with multiple choice. The range of question types possible with Hot Potatoes isn't exactly the same as with Quiz. For example, Hot Potatoes will create crossword puzzles - I shouldn't think this would be possible to import into Quiz.
On the other hand, Quiz has an "Essay question" which doesn't exist in Hot Potatoes.
Which question types were you thinking of?
Your sample is fine, actually we have many exercise book questions and would like them to be imported to the Moodle use, and for result evaluation as well, do you think HotPotato can work with Moodle on this? (create question in Hotpotato, with marking criteria, and import to Moodle just like creating questions in Moodle? )
multichoice - this is a type of question you want (only cloze,true-false, multichoice and essay without matching)
1. Which process is responsible for setting up the cost allocation system? -test-question
A. Availability Management - answer options
B. Capacity Management
C. Financial Management for IT Services
D. Service Level Management
Answer: C - type right answer-variant
Gfeedback: blablabla - general-feedback
feedback: blablabla - feedback for correct answer
feed.1. blablabla - feedback for different answer options
2. Which process includes the activity of describing and registering all components in the IT infrastructure?
A. Capacity Management
B. Configuration Management
C. Problem Management
D. Service Level Management
3. Managing the availability of a Service as part of an overall Service Management initiative is important for efficient Service Delivery. Which of the following explains the reason behind managing Service Availability?
4. Which is not a Service Desk activity?
A. applying Temporary Fixes
B. registering Incidents
C. relating an Incident to a Known Error
D. solving a Problem
Then simply set options (shufle answers - yes|now, type of numeration for varianst - ABC, abc, 123) and convert it
Of course there is a FASTER way!
Surf here to download the zip file:
The zip file contains a Word Template. Works in Word2003 or in Word2007!
You can read for context:
I've been using the Word Quiz template for at least 2 years. Great tool and a time-saver!
LOL! The Word Quiz template creates XML but mine is buggy...the order of the answers doesn't get randomised.
So, now I've changed to Notepad (best app in the world!)and the GIFT Format. Speedy!
We are using Respondus and I haven't seen anything as efficient at creating a quiz and uploading it into Moodle. the only drawback is it is windows only product. this shouldn't be too much of a problem as most institutions aren't short on windows. or you can have dual boot mac.
I haven't had any problems as long as I marked the questions that needed to stay the same with the Don't Shuffle answers in the template. The shuffle works when turned on in the quiz settings page. Moodle 2.3.