Activities: JazzQuiz

Maintained by Picture of Sebastian Gundersen Sebastian Gundersen, Picture of George Schaathun George Schaathun
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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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: <>

Developer: Sebastian S. Gundersen: <>


The original plugin, Realtime Quiz, was written by Davo Smith: <>

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: <>

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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Sebastian Gundersen (Lead maintainer)
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  • Picture of Plugins bot
    Fri, 5 Jan 2018, 6:00 PM
    Approval issue created: CONTRIB-7156
  • Picture of Roland Sherwood
    Mon, 9 Apr 2018, 3:24 PM
    Brilliant work - many thanks! Solves most of the issues we had with Active Quiz, in particular the ability to review and export the responses of the entire class.
  • Picture of Sam Mudle
    Wed, 27 Jun 2018, 7:37 AM
    I thought Active Quiz and iPAL were awesome, but this is amazing! Thank you!
  • Picture of Roland Sherwood
    Wed, 27 Jun 2018, 6:37 PM
    Hi. Many thanks again for this wonderful plugin. Just one quick query: we've just noticed it's not possible to backup Jazzquiz activities. Is this functionality that will be added at some point?
  • Picture of Sebastian Gundersen
    Wed, 27 Jun 2018, 6:46 PM
    I'm glad you enjoy the plugin. I will look into adding backup in July.
  • Picture of Roland Sherwood
    Thu, 5 Jul 2018, 3:21 PM
    Hi Sebastian. Many thanks for the reply, and great to hear you might be able to add backup support at some point. This would really be the icing on the cake for us!
  • Picture of Sebastian Gundersen
    Mon, 9 Jul 2018, 4:45 PM
    I have published v0.8 with backup and restore support. smile
  • Picture of Roland Sherwood
    Mon, 30 Jul 2018, 10:38 AM
    Many thanks for your swift action as regards this functionality Sebastian - much appreciated!
  • Picture of Roland Sherwood
    Mon, 20 Aug 2018, 6:21 AM
    Hello again Sebastian. I just wanted to let you know that we are currently in the process of upgrading to Moodle 3.5.1 and have discovered what appears to be a major issue with using version 2018062612 of JazzQuiz and Internet Explorer 11. Basically, installing JazzQuiz under a freshly installed version of 3.5.1 (with no other plugins installed) results in a a javascript error/conflict which breaks the majority of javascript in Moodle site-wide - meaning things like Boost's menus don't function correctly, etc. Internet Explorer's console reports the error as 'No define call for core/first ('. I'm not sure exactly what this means, but I've conducted several tests and was able to reproduce this issue each time. What's strange is that the error doesn't appear to affect other browsers such as Chrome, Safari, Firefox - only IE. Nevertheless, since IE is still very widely used, I just thought it worth reporting in case other JazzQuiz users are affected also. Thanks again for sharing this wonderful plugin, and for any support you can provide re. this issue.
  • Picture of Juan Francisco Romero
    Tue, 25 Sep 2018, 1:30 AM
    Hi Sebastian, please help me. I installed the JazzQuiz mod in moodle 3.1.6, but when I try tab edit nothing appears. I enabled the depuration mode and get this error message: Fatal error: Call to undefined method mod_jazzquiz\bank\jazzquiz_question_bank_view::display_question_bank_header() in /var/www/html/profesional/mod/jazzquiz/classes/bank/jazzquiz_question_bank_view.php on line 88
  • Picture of George Schaathun
    Tue, 25 Sep 2018, 4:07 AM
    Apologies for this. We have been sloppy with testing on older versions of Moodle. I know that we have run into some problems with features introduced in 3.2, and this may very well be one of those. I'll talk to Sebastian and see if it is possible to make a patch which works on Moodle 3.1, but no promises. We need to prioritise getting it stable on 3.5 and 3.6. Yes, I know, 3.1 is still supported by Moodle - our fault - we'll try to avoid repeating the error on 3.5.
  • Picture of Juan Francisco Romero
    Tue, 25 Sep 2018, 5:25 AM
    Thanks George, that sound good, I will wait your news.
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