I have mentioned in several recent threads that the OU would like to make several changes (we hope improvements!) to the quiz edit page, and the structure of quizzes. Here are the changes we are proposing
1. Breaking up a quiz into section
The sole purpose of this is to let you put section headings into the navigation, to break up large quizzes. You can see what we mean by going to https://students.open.ac.uk/openmark/s205.ayrf/ and clicking the Begin link. The quiz is in 5 sections.
I know some people would like to be able to compute a separate score for each subsection. I'm sorry but we are not going to implement that at this time. However, these changes should make it easier to implement that later.
2. Question dependencies
Suppose you have a sequence of questions that guide a student through a calculation one step at a time. Then, the text of question 2 might inevitably give away the answer to question 1. Therefore, we want the ability to say, you can't see question 2 until you have answered question 1. (This idea works best with a behaviour like Immediate feedback, so a student can submit one question and get the feedabck before starting the next question.)
3. Sequences of question variants
The idea here is that you might have a sequence of related questions, all about the same thing. For example:
i. Description containing a picture
Q1 What is in the name of the animal in the picture?
Q2 What colour is the animal?
Q3 Which continent is the usual home for the animal?
Q4 Complete the following sentence to describe the picture.
and suppose you have several different pictures, and you want each student to get a different randomly selected picture, and then the corresponding follow-up questions. (In this example, the question text for Q2-5 is identical, but of course the answer matching rules are different, so there are different versions of those questions for each picture.)
4. Repeating a question in-situ
This is aimed at formative quizzes, where we want to encourage students to keep trying until they can get 100%.
At the moment, you can let students have repeated attempts at the whole quiz, but then they have to re-attempt all the questions, and the can only do that after they have finished all the questions in their first attempt.
Of course, we have the "Each attempt builds on last" option, but if you turn that on, then the second attempt will use exacty the same questions as the first attempt. At the OU, with practice quizzes, we provide several randomly selected versions of each question, to give students more practice.
So, what we want is that when a student has finished a question in an attempt, then they see a Re-start question button (probably in the grey information area to the left of the question). If they click that button, then they can try the question again within the same attempt, and if it is a random question, they will see a different variant. (Again, this is an idea that works best with a behaviour like Immediate feedback or Intereactive)
[Note, this sounds like a really crazy requirement. At least, it has to me. However, we have had this feature in our OpenMark system for a long time (as an option) and students really like it. You can see it here: https://students.open.ac.uk/openmark/s205.ayrf/. Answer question 1 and get it wrong. Then click next. Then click back to question 1. Note you are now looking at a different variant of the same question, and you can have another go.]
5. Modernising the quiz edit page
The UI here is quite clunky. E.g. having to click up and down arrows to move questions one space at a time. Since this page was made, there have been major improvements to the course edit page (to give just one example). We should take the best ideas from there to make the quiz editing easier.
I guess you don't need to believe we can do that until we have shown you the UI mock-ups (I will believe we can do it once I have drawn the UI mock-ups )
Note that all the above features will be optional. You can turn them on when and where you want them.
The full specification (which was written for an internal audience by my colleague Phil Butcher, so excuse the OU-specific stuff) is here:
I think that is a good, clear, summary of the goals of what we are trying to achieve, in more detail than I have given above. It contains some suggested user-interface mock-ups. Some of which I like, and some of while I want to try to improve on.
There is not yet anything written about how this will be implemented. I need to write that and I am unlikely to have time soon. I particularly need to think about, and write down, how we are going to change the database structure to store all the necessary information.
I hope you agree with us that these are a useful set of additions to the quiz.
Past experence shows that when we post a spec in the forum, normally someone can point out something stupid we should have thought of, or some way to improve on what we are proposing. So, please do not hold back in telling us what you think. Thank you for considering this.