Activities: Offline Quiz

mod_offlinequiz
Maintained by Picture of AMC Academic Moodle CooperationAMC Academic Moodle Cooperation
The MC Offline quiz module (mod/offlinequiz) adds paper-and-pencil multiple-choice quizzes to Moodle. In offline quizzes students mark answers to questions on a sheet of paper (the answer form).
1656 sites
1k downloads
126 fans
Current versions available: 14

MC Offline quiz module

The Moodle MC Offline quiz module adds paper-and-pencil multiple-choice quizzes to Moodle. In offline quizzes students mark answers to questions on a sheet of paper (the answer form). The students' answer forms are evaluated and graded automatically by the offline quiz module. 

No support in the comments section on this page

Please note that we don't provide any support for this plugin in the comments section on this page anymore.

We appreciate your commendation and reviews for this plugin in the comments. For bug reports and support requests, please read the extensive information in the plugin's README file first and create, if needed, a ticket in the bug tracker which is linked below.

Thanks for your cooperation.

More precisely, a complete offline quiz consists (at least) of the following steps:

  • A teacher creates an offline quiz in Moodle and adds multiple-choice questions, all-or-nothing multiple-choice questions or description questions (text) to the quiz. This is very similar to creating online quizzes (standard Moodle quizzes).
  • From the question lists the teacher creates question sheets and answer forms as PDF (DOCX) documents using the module. 
  • The question sheets and answer forms are handed out to students for the actual quiz. The students mark the answers they think are correct in the answer form.
  • The teacher scans the filled-in answer forms and uploads the resulting images into the offline quiz. The scanned answer forms are evaluated and graded automatically by the module. 
  • If necessary, the teacher corrects errors that might have occurred due to mistakes made by the students or due to bad scan quality.

After results have been created in an offline quiz, students can review their result as usual. If the teacher allows it, students can also see the scanned answer forms and which markings have been recognised as crosses.

The module supports up to six groups which are not related to Moodle course groups. Each group can contain a different set of questions in a different order. Separate question sheets and answer forms are created for the different offline quiz groups.

The module also supports lists of participants which are useful for checking which students actually took part in the exam. Lists of participants are pre-filled with students in Moodle. PDF versions of those lists can be created in the module for easy marking during the exam. The marked lists can be uploaded and evaluated automatically.

Example

The offline quiz module is used intensively at different Austrian universities for mass exams. Hundreds of students can be easily examined at the same time (given enough seating space in lecture halls) without the need for expensive e-testing equipment.

Installation

Copy the module code directly to the "mod/offlinequiz" directory. Open the messages page in the administration area to automatically start the installation.

The automatic analysis of questionnaires requires the activation of an appropriate cronjob (see README.txt).

Admin settings

As an administrator you can set the default values instance-wide on the settings page for administrators in the MC Offline quiz module.

  • formula for participant identification (text field)
  • mix questions (checkbox)
  • mix answers (checkbox)
  • logo URL (text field)
  • copyright indication (checkbox)
  • settings for exam inspection (checkbox)
  • decimal places (drop down)
  • paper's white level (drop down)
  • 1-click inscription (checkbox)
  • role for inscription (drop down)
  • saving days (text field)

Screenshots

Screenshot #0

Contributors

Picture of AMC Academic Moodle Cooperation
AMC Academic Moodle Cooperation (Lead maintainer)
Please login to view contributors details and/or to contact them

Comments RSS

Comments

  • Picture of Jane Stradins
    Fri, Dec 6, 2019, 12:45 AM
    Thomas, thank you, you've cracked it. Our learners do not have an ID number. I added one to my test learners profile and it all works. Fabulous.

    Thank you so much smile
  • Picture of Maxime Marchal
    Fri, Dec 20, 2019, 4:33 PM
    Hi Thomas,
    is it possible to import responses in PDF?. I have the message Image type not supported
  • Ricardo Caiado
    Fri, Dec 20, 2019, 11:05 PM
    Hi,

    Any plans to upgrade the plugin to Moodle 3.8?

    Ricardo
  • Picture of Thomas Wedekind
    Sat, Dec 21, 2019, 5:09 AM
    @Maxime, yes, PDF is supported. Did you install the required imagemagick?
    @Ricardo, there were some Problems with the implementation this time with the Docx-Format. It didn't work and we had to update the library which took a lot of work. After some last tests we will release it after our christmas break somewhere in January. If you don't use the DOCX you can safely use the 3.7 Version, it should work with 3.8.
  • Picture of Maxime Marchal
    Sat, Dec 21, 2019, 9:01 PM
    @Thomas, no i did not install imagemagick. its a plugin ?
  • Picture of Thomas Wedekind
    Mon, Dec 23, 2019, 9:23 PM
    @Maxime no, it's a image manipulation command line program, which has a php interface. Most linux systems have a package for it.
  • Ricardo Caiado
    Tue, Dec 24, 2019, 11:48 AM
    Hi,

    Just update Moodle to v3.8 and got this error message:

    "Use of subplugins.php has been deprecated. Please update your '/XXXXXX/offlinequiz' plugin to provide a subplugins.json file instead."

    Ricardo
  • Picture of Mylène LG
    Wed, Jan 8, 2020, 5:18 PM
    Hello,

    We are using Moodle 3.5, and Offline quizz v3.5.4. The plugin worked just fine during the last year. But since september, we are facing a problem : for each scanned page, a block display the following message : "Invalid page number. Choose a page number or try to readjust the sheet". We juste Can't manually reajust 600 sheet... Have you a solution ?
  • Richard Samson
    Thu, Jan 23, 2020, 5:30 PM
    We love this plugin and use of it is growing at our university. We are currently on Moodle 3.7.

    Now, when the technicians are planning to buy a new printer / scanner, they want to make sure that it does a good job with batch scanning of Offline Quiz answer sheets of students.

    We have had some mixed experiences with this. There always seem to be 3% or so of answer sheets that have to be re-adjusted manually before the plugin can process them. Is this as good as it gets? Or should we be aiming higher? If so, can you recommend any printers / scanners that work particularly well with the plugin on the basis of your experience?

    Thanks.
  • Richard Samson
    Thu, Jan 23, 2020, 5:31 PM
    We love this plugin and use of it is growing at our university. We are currently on Moodle 3.7.

    Now, when the technicians are planning to buy a new printer / scanner, they want to make sure that it does a good job with batch scanning of Offline Quiz answer sheets of students.

    We have had some mixed experiences with this. There always seem to be 3% or so of answer sheets that have to be re-adjusted manually before the plugin can process them. Is this as good as it gets? Or should we be aiming higher? If so, can you recommend any printers / scanners that work particularly well with the plugin on the basis of your experience?

    Thanks.
  • Picture of AMC Academic Moodle Cooperation
    Fri, Feb 7, 2020, 7:36 PM
    We just published version 3.8.0 of the Offline Quiz for Moodle 3.8 – have fun.
  • Picture of Jane Stradins
    Thu, Feb 20, 2020, 4:53 PM
    Hi Thomas

    We are using Moodle 3.5. The Offline Quiz plugin worked just fine when I tested it in December (after you helped me with the ID number issue I was having, thank you).

    However, now when I make a new quiz I have a problem when uploading the scanned answersheets. The upload is fine but then the upload error report shows 'Invalid Listnumber'. I can click on Correct and then the message on top of the scanned image says 'Could not detect barcode for list! Please select a list or try to readjust sheet'. There is a drop down menu beneath the message from which I can choose the Test Group number.

    This message then disappears and the error code 'Insecure markings' then displays in red at the top of the scanned image and shows 6 small green boxes scattered aroud the image on the left hand side where the tick boxes are (as well as 2 blue flashing ones which turn green if I click on them) There are only 5 questions so not sure what the boxes correspond to. Additionally, the right hand side of the page has 9 wide red boxes over the ID area from which I can choose the learner ID (the full number in each drop down). I canalso click on the green and blue boxex and they disappear. I then Save the changes and the scanned image disappears. A new message shows 'Sheet of participants list imported' No marking is done.

    Needless to say, try as I might I cannot resolve this. Please can you advise?

    Many thanks
    Jane
  • Picture of Carlos López Ardao
    Thu, May 14, 2020, 5:07 AM
    Hi, Thomas. Your plugin is fantastic and an essential for us. In Spain the ID number consists of 7 numbers and one letter (A-Z) as redundancy (ex. 12345678W). In my university (Vigo), filling this value is also done automatically. Setting [8]=idnumber does not work. Is there any setting that works for this case? If not, it would be great to be able to use wild cards, something like [8]*=idnumber. Best regards
  • Picture of AMC Academic Moodle Cooperation
    Sun, Jun 7, 2020, 8:38 PM
    We just published version 3.8.1 of the Offline Quiz for Moodle 3.8 containing a question statistics bug fix (not all columns visible).
  • Picture of AMC Academic Moodle Cooperation
    Mon, Jun 29, 2020, 11:38 PM
    We just published version 3.9.0 of the Offline Quiz for Moodle 3.9 – have fun.
Please login to post comments