Activities ::: mod_jazzquiz
Maintained by George Schaathun, Sebastian Gundersen, André Storhaug
JazzQuiz lets the teacher run a preplanned quiz, but with the power of improvisation. Several improvise questions are included, which lets you quickly run a multichoice or short answer question during the quiz. You can also start a vote on the students' responses. After the session, you can review the responses for each question (even repolls). You can also download reports for attendance or responses in CSV.
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Current versions available: 4

What is it?

JazzQuiz is designed to be used in face-to-face lessons. The teacher may plan questions in advance, but can also easily improvise on the fly.

Write your question on the blackboard, and select an appropriate question type from the dropdown menu. Several improvise questions will already be included: Short answer, multichoice (3, 4 & 5) and true/false. These are put in the default question category for the activity. If you want to add your own improvise questions, simply add them in that category and prefix their names with {IMPROV} like the default ones.

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 teacher can start a vote, with the selected responses, which students can answer.

The teacher can, at a later date, go back through the results and, for each question, see exactly what answer each

student gave. The repolls are treated as separate questions, and you will get a correct order in the review page.


Project lead: Hans Georg Schaathun: <hasc@ntnu.no>

Developer: Sebastian S. Gundersen: <sebastsg@stud.ntnu.no>


The original plugin, Realtime Quiz, was written by Davo Smith: <moodle@davosmith.co.uk>

Afterwards came ActiveQuiz, funded by an educational innovation grant given to the Medical school, the University of Wisconsin - Madison.

The plugin was rewritten to integrate the core Moodle question engine. John Hoopes: <john.z.hoopes@gmail.com>

JazzQuiz is a fork of ActiveQuiz, intended for different use cases. Initial development 2017-2018 was funded in part by Norgesuniversitetet (grant no. P34/2017) and undertaken by NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology.


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  • puneet jhingan
    Sat, Oct 1, 2022, 8:02 PM
    Hello George, we have planned a migration to 4.0, and with the sincere hope that you guys had some lucky break to resolve issues marked earlier in the upcoming release for 4.0. Just to summarise the wishlist:
    - proper integration of QBank functionality for JQ, incl a) display of all columns, b) search by tags across the entire Q.Bank, c) most important to be able to select and add questions from the QBank.
    - Ability to delete old sessions created by the user,
    - Even if gradebook integration is not possible, the ability to display correct score per student or correct option scored per question could bridge some distance.
    Hope santa is bring in some goodies sooner than christmas.
  • George Schaathun
    Sat, Oct 1, 2022, 11:48 PM
    I am sorry, but I do not have the crew to deal with all of the issues.
    My plan now is to run a field test on Monday with Moodle 4 and then make a new release which answers the original use case, namely improvised questions and discussion. I am committed to support that one original use case, but I simply do not have the resources to support other uses.

    Some of your issues have probably been resolved. At least adding questions from the QBank should not be an issue. I hope, over the next two months, can solve some of the issues you have, but it is not realistic to solve them all. Sorry.

    It would be useful if you could move the discussion to github, making one issue per problem, with some additional detail. E.g. for grading, what do you expect to see where in the UI? Display of all columns, which columns do you expect?
  • George Schaathun
    Sat, Oct 1, 2022, 11:49 PM
    BTW. If someone wants to contribute to the code, they are most welcome.
  • puneet jhingan
    Fri, Dec 23, 2022, 2:23 PM
    Hello George, We saw that QB support is available in 3.8. Many thanks. I hope the tests for 4.0 went well in October and a field release is just around the corner. Looking forward.
  • Alex Ferrer
    Mon, Mar 20, 2023, 4:53 PM
    This is a great plugin. Can I ask about Moodle 4.0 and 4.1 implementation?
  • Veronica E. Arriola-Rios
    Tue, Mar 28, 2023, 1:17 PM
    Hi! Thanks a lot for the plugin, it is a life saver for online lectures. I just have a request for the Moodle 4 version: with the new versioned question system, the quiz keeps the version of the time when the question was added, if we update it the quizz does not update. Would it be possible to do the same than with exams and let the user specify if we want to always use the latest version? How difficult would it be to implement that? (I am not a regular php programmer but I could try to give a hand if you give me some guidance)

    Kind regards.
  • George Schaathun
    Fri, Mar 31, 2023, 7:24 PM
    I see fom my notes that I had a version ready for 4.0 seven months ago, and then I never found the time to test it properly. I think I will just release it now. I'll try to be clear that it is very much beta. Would you be able to test it?

    If you find bugs or other problems, they are best discussed on github, although I try to pay attention here too.
  • George Schaathun
    Fri, Mar 31, 2023, 7:37 PM
    OK. Released, but tagged as beta. I marked it for 4.0 and 4.1, and I hope it works. If you run into trouble I will try to fix it. Please let me know.
    Wed, May 3, 2023, 4:03 AM
    Hello. I have a question, are the answers saved in the grade book or only in the report?
  • George Schaathun
    Wed, May 3, 2023, 3:02 PM
    JazzQuiz never uses the gradebook. It was never intended to monitor students individually.
  • synnac w
    Wed, Aug 23, 2023, 9:57 PM
    It seems that the newly released file (2023-8-21) is incorrect. It is 1.2.0 (2023-03-31), not 1.2.1 as indicated on the plugin page.
  • George Schaathun
    Wed, Aug 23, 2023, 11:04 PM
    The file is right, but the human readable version string is wrong. The actual version is correct. Sorry about the confusion; it should have no impact on your installation.
  • Tian Yuan
    Wed, Apr 24, 2024, 2:38 PM
    Hello. I'm using moodle4.3, and I added Jazzquiz to the site. Everything else is fine; the problem is that when I enter the quiz page, there are three buttons: view, edit, and report. Edit does not load. Is this because of the version I am using or something else?
  • Sebastian Gundersen
    Wed, Apr 24, 2024, 3:17 PM
    Hi Yuan, we're hoping to support 4.3 very soon. Please check back on Monday. Thanks.
  • Tian Yuan
    Wed, Apr 24, 2024, 3:20 PM
    Okay. Thank you so much!
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