Active quiz

Activities ::: mod_activequiz
Maintained by John Hoopes
Active quiz started originally as an update to the realtime quiz module, which has now grown into a separate module due to the very large functionality additions/changes. You will be able to offer in class quizzes on any device using a responsive theme, any question type from the question bank, use timed/not timed questions, grades reported back to the grade book, group quizzing (with a group attendance feature), view student responses in real time to offer in-class discussion about the results, and more!
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This is a type of quiz designed to be used in face-to-face lessons, with a classroom full of computers/tablets/phones.

The teacher creates the quiz in advance - adding question bank questions from the Moodle question bank.  (This includes any question type available for Moodle)

The quiz can be set up to take the quiz in class groups (set up through the Moodle built in groups functionality).  Group attendance may also be used in order only give present group members the final grade.

During the lesson, the teacher starts the quiz. Students can now connect to this quiz. Once the teacher is satisfied that all students have connected to the quiz, they can click on "Start Quiz"

Depending on the question settings the question will end automatically, or will need to be ended via the instructor's "end question" button.  The instructor can review student responses in real time and re-poll the same question, go to the next question, or jump to any question set up for the session.

The teacher can, at a later date, go back through the results and, for each question, see exactly what answer each student gave.  Students will also be able to view their attempts based on the display options in the quiz settings.  Grades are also recorded based on the module settings for whether or not this particular quiz was assessed. 


The original plugin (real-time quiz) was written by Davo Smith, to which the University of Wisconsin - Madison (funded by an educational innovation grant given to the Medical school) re-wrote the plugin, which is now named active quiz.


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  • Wed, Mar 23, 2016, 1:35 PM
    Does anyone have a site that I can access to view the plug-in? We're in the process of getting our server upgraded, and I'm working on a curriculum that I hope includes this plug-in. Very sincere thanks if anyone can help me.
  • Fri, Mar 25, 2016, 2:44 AM
    Hi, Daniel,
    If you still want a site where you can have an account to try out the activequiz module, I think I can provide that for you tomorrow if you will communicate directly with me ( so that I can give you a user name and a password. The site will have both the activequiz module and the ipal module. Both allow for in-class polling and you may want to try out both.
    Here is a brief summary of some of the differences (as far as I know):
    1) activequiz puts an entry for the polling in the grade book and grades all those with automatic grading. Ipal doesn't put any entry into the grade book.
    2) Ipal has apps for both the Android and iPhone platform so that students can answer questions with their smart phones. Activequiz has no apps but both allow for answers from web-enabled devices.
    3) activequiz allows for timing of questions while ipal has unlimited time (until the teacher stops polling for that question).
    4) Ipal allows questions to be added after a session has started while activequiz does not.
    5) activequiz allows for all types of questions to be used while ipal is restricted to multichoice, true-false, and essay questions.
    6) ipal has a real-time spreadsheet for all answers
    7) activequiz supports multiple sessions with the same questions while ipal requires the teacher to duplicate an activity of she/he wishes to use the question set over again.
    8) ipal interacts smoothly with several other optional modules (attendance and ejs)
    I hope this helps.
  • Tue, Apr 5, 2016, 7:12 AM
    It would be great if there was an option to play a sound if the user gets it correct for quick re-enforcement of their success.
    I just use this in one or two high school classrooms, but id be happy to contribute some money for the development of this feature?
  • Wed, Apr 6, 2016, 10:40 AM
    Hi, Jesse,
    I am trying to figure out why you want the extra noise in your classroom. Also, the research that I am familiar with indicates that the greatest value of in-class polling comes when students discuss their answers, either with each other, or with the class as a whole, and do this before they know what the "correct" answer is. However, I have never taught in the high school environment and, if you find this is desirable, I may be able to help you. A lot will depend on the type of devices that students use to respond to questions and the browser they are using. If you would like me to try and help you, it may be best if we communicate directly. My email address is
  • Wed, Apr 6, 2016, 11:33 AM
    Hi, about the active quiz plugin , im having an issue where even after adding questions into the active quiz , it is displayed as there are no questions to this quiz. Also strangely im unable to import the questions into the active quiz category , even after clicking 'move to' under its question bank settings.
  • Lina
    Wed, Apr 13, 2016, 4:02 PM
    Hi John,
    Continue with the last conversation we've had on Sep 17, 2015, we are really looking forward to the function which teachers can export the response result into a CSV after ended the real time active quiz. Currently, teachers can only make a screenshot of the bar chart in class to keep a record of what did the students' respond. Is there any update about this function?
    Many thanks for your great contributions and we will look forward to your reply.

    Best wishes,
  • Fri, Apr 15, 2016, 11:09 AM
    Hi na li, and others asking about an export. I'll be working on getting a CSV Export working for the next version.

    Thanks to everyone that has given feedback thus far!
  • Thu, May 19, 2016, 2:59 PM
    Hello! I'd really like to use this plugin in a web-enhanced course we're currently building. Is there any version that would work with Moodle 2.4? I'm not an admin, but if the installation is simple enough, I can request that the local tech support team install it in our Moodle.
  • Sun, Jun 19, 2016, 9:02 PM
    Hi, I will be holding a large lecture with 1000+ students and probably 800+ participants for a live quiz during the lecture. The previous plugin ("Realtime Quiz") was not able to handle this; will this module be able to do so, without completely timing out the database? Does anybody have experience with this?
  • Lina
    Tue, Jun 28, 2016, 3:32 PM
    Hi John. Many thanks for providing this plugin to the community; its functionality is really appreciated by our staff and students, and we’re really grateful to you for your efforts to maintain and update it.

    On that note, please could I quickly query whether you have any plans to update the plugin to be fully compatible with Moodle v3.1, and its new Global Search feature in particular? To clarify: while we’ve tested the Active quiz plugin under v3.1 and all of the core functionality seems to work fine, we’ve found that instances of the activity are not searchable via v3.1’s Global Search feature. Please see the following screenshot for details, which lists all of the available areas that can searched under v3.1 (note that these settings are available via: Site Administration -> Plugins -> Search -> Manage Global Search):

    Note also that the above screenshot was taken on a v3.1 system where the Active quiz plugin is installed and available. However, as you can see, the Active quiz activity is not listed as being available to be searched. Obviously, this is likely to be a significant problem/cause of confusion for users who might want to search for specific instances of the Active quiz activity across Moodle.

    I’m not a developer, but my understanding is that mod plugins can be made searchable relatively easily via the addition of a new search class within the plugin’s codebase (located at ../classes/search/activity.php). Please see the following for further details:

    We really hope this search capability can be added to Active quiz as I’m sure it would be a huge benefit to our users (as well as those of other v3.1 systems) and, again, many thanks for all your efforts to develop this plugin and share it with the community.

    Best wishes,
  • Mon, Jul 4, 2016, 9:22 PM
    I seem to be stuck in a loop where it says "initializing quiz" but the quiz does not start. Any ideas? I am using Moodle 3.1.
  • Thu, Nov 24, 2016, 6:34 PM
    I found a bug that if a teacher answer the questions as a test in an active quiz first, then students answer the questions, the response history is not shown in student point of view. The following the way to re-produce the bug.

    After creating an active quiz, a teacher starts a new session to test the active quiz. The teacher chooses a choice in the question, then click the “end questions”. After trying all the questions in the active quiz, the teacher closes the session. And the responses from the teacher is stored in the “view responses” section.

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    Then, the teacher asks the students to join in the active quiz in the class. The “fully anonymise student responses” setting is not ticked, as can be seen below. After students answer the questions in the active quiz, they cannot see the response history.

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    However, I duplicate the active quiz and keep the session setting the same with the one before. Then I let students to answer the question in the new active quiz, without teacher trying the questions at first, students can see the response history.

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    Though a teacher is not a normal ”student”, it should not cause problem for the sessions later after the teacher answers the questions in active quiz. It is really confusing since many teachers are willing to have a try before using the active quiz in the class. And reviewing response history plays a significant role for students. I really hope this bug can be fixed soon.
  • Fri, Nov 25, 2016, 10:30 AM
    Currently, the active quiz provides a bar chart of student responses for multiple choice questions. However, the bar chart is only shown during the time of that question. It will be a very useful improvement if the bar chart is stored and can be reviewed by teacher after the session is closed.

    Could I know whether you have any plans to development this function, please? I am looking forward to hearing from you.

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  • Tue, Dec 6, 2016, 4:29 AM
    Is it 3.2 compatible?
  • Tue, Dec 13, 2016, 4:53 PM
    I'm looking for a Quiz plugin, which could put a timer on each quiz question. This one seems to have this, but... can it be used for online courses, where the students start the quiz at convenient for them time, and the teacher doesn't have to be present and to manually press start??
    Also, is it 3.1 compatible?
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