Based on an idea by Olga Forlani elucidated by A.T Wyatt, here is the GIFT_maker, an excel file to make GIFT format questions.Just type in the the questions and answers into the columns If you don't type a "question name" it will default to the question itself (as does the GIFT parser) Optional generic feed back is added to each answer The generic feedback can be changed The correct answer is placed in a random position (of a,b,c,d) The question and answer are on a seperate line in the GIFT file, making it easier to add custom feedback later. Just press the "make GIFT" button to make the file. You will be prompted for the file name.
It comes with a demo quiz about "Martin, the man who started Moodle". (Don't look before you press "Make Gift" and import to your Moodle. )
When opening the file you must say yes activate the macros. The macro is just an adaptation of Chip Pearson's ExportToTextFile.
You will still need to convert to utf-8 if you are using any non ascii characters and moodle 1.6 or above. A free utf-9 editor is unired.
Now or very soon it will also be downloadable from here
Things to do
Add optional feedback columns
Add optional inanswer feedback after the usual "#"
Add option to have more than one right answer.
I have also taken the liberty of pushing the *.gft file extension, which is just a text file under another name. You can change it to *.txt and I will add that as an option as soo as I work out how.
I know that the boss does not much approve of *.gft, but I use it to distinguish between other files, it is common for text files to be given other names, I associate a multi-encoding editor with it (especially on other people's computers where I don't want to associate .txt files), and maybe one day we will be able to search the Internet for filetype:gft and come up with lots of interesting tests.