There is a way to export questions within a course. However then the LMS gets more courses overtime, it become increasingly challenging to export questions banks course by course. Is there a way/ tool to export all question banks quickly?
I agree with this. Sometimes I need to export quizzes with multiple categories in a human-readable format so that Subject Matter Experts can review the content for QA/QC. So that means seeing the question, possible multiple choice answers, any associated images, etc. as well as the "correct" answer as stored in Moodle. Then the reviewers will print and mark up in red comments and scan to PDF.
Then someone has to go into Moodle and locate the questions that need correction or updating.
Either I haven't found the right method to do this or this is very time-consuming to do.
Relative to reviewing questions (P Bowers,) when I need to review a lot of questions from a question bank category, I create an a (administrative) quiz and simply add all the questions to this quiz (not randomized). Then, take the quiz (you don't need to answer anything, just take it and submit it.) Last, in the "review" you will then see all questions with the answers. At this point, it is easy to edit any question. A reviewer could even modify the questions at this point (although I would be cautious about having too many people modifying questions.) I don't understand the advantage of having someone mark up a printed copy, and why you are scanning these to a pdf. If it was me, I would have the reviewers add their comments into either the "make comments" area, or into the General Feedback area of the question (I don't know if you are showing general feedback to students - I don't.) You might also use any of the other feedback text boxes. And if needed, you can remove the feedback after the final reviews of the questions. So in other words, I think you can do everything "online" and avoid all paper.
The overall Question Bank contains more than 1300 questions in at least 80 categories (see linked screencap), so does your method mean I would have to add questions to the administrative quiz one category at a time (i.e., 80+ times) or is there a quicker way?
I work in a field where the old timers are either retired or near retired, volunteering their time (as am I) and many are not too computer savvy. It's just simpler for both parties to work with / mark up printed paper copies than it is to train 10 - 15 reviewers in proper software use. The other reason is for documentation purposes, so that we can easily refer back to hand-marked-up PDFs.
Maybe so, it depends upon how you have your categories set up. A quicker way would be to put questions into bigger category containers, a container at a higher level. Moodle's quiz categories support many levels of sub-categories.
"old timers are either retired or near retired, volunteering their time (as am I) and many are not too computer savvy."
Since these folks seem to have a lot of time and little computer skills, then why are you worried about making the process faster?
At the reviewers' age, they don't have much time left!
All kidding aside, there is nothing simpler than marking comments on paper, scanning to PDF (at a local print shop if necessary) and sending as an attachment. Plus that method provides an easier-to-access record of the comments.
I'll try your suggestion of bigger category containers.
The problem with your method (paper and PDF) is that it may take more time to eventually integrate the improvements into the actual questions. (But maybe that is done by a fast administrative assistant?)