Activities: Realtime Quiz

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Face-to-face quiz with all students answering the questions at the same time.
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A multiple-choice quiz designed for use in a face-to-face lesson.

Each student receives each question at the same time with a time limit to answer it (default 30 seconds). In between each question the correct answer is displayed, along with the number of students giving each answer (and some statistics about the percentage class / individual correct answers). This allows each question to be discussed before moving on.

Teachers can review the answers, once the quiz is finished, to identify any areas that need to be covered again.

Recent improvements (2010) include:

  • Ability to add a picture to each question
  • More attractive question display
  • Easier question editing
  • Reduced network traffic & improved stability (particularly on wireless networks)

Overview video (for the Moodle 1.9 version - the 2.x version looks slightly different):


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  • Picture of B Shivaram
    Thu, Jan 10, 2013, 11:17 PM
    One other question:
    What does it take to add "Require password" and "Require network address" options to RTQ similar to the main Moodle core Quiz options? Can instructions for code modification spelled out in a few sentences or is it just too complex?
  • Davo
    Fri, Jan 11, 2013, 3:43 AM
    @B Shivram - you would need to modify mod_form.php to add the new settings, db/upgrade.php and db/install.xml to add somewhere to save the new settings and version.php to trigger the database upgrade. After that, you would need to add some logic to whichever part of the code you wanted to restrict access to (probably somewhere in view.php) to check for those settings and then either retrieve and compare the IP address or ask the user for the password and compare. Not a big job, probably about an hour's work for someone who knows what they are doing with Moodle code.
  • Davo
    Fri, Jan 11, 2013, 6:27 AM
    OK - that should be the HTML editor fixed in Moodle 2.3
  • Picture of Seth Mengal
    Tue, Jun 4, 2013, 5:25 PM
    Is it working on 2.5? Redirects to for me, after saving and displaying after filling tht title and descritpion
  • Davo
    Tue, Jun 4, 2013, 5:29 PM
    Seth - this works fine on my Moodle 2.5 dev box. I've not done a clean install on Moodle 2.5, so I will try that when I get a chance. For now, could you try uninstalling from the Moodle admin interface, then visiting 'home' again to reinstall. That may sort out the issue.
  • Picture of Seth Mengal
    Tue, Jun 4, 2013, 5:57 PM
    Oh Davo, after doing such i dont know why but i cannot add Activity or Resources under courses, nor see the Administrative Navigation :/ I think ill take it out from the system files
  • Picture of Mike Simurdiak
    Sat, Jul 27, 2013, 3:45 AM
    Is there any way to change the question time while the question is "live"? I think that it would be very useful to be able to extend a question if students need more time as well as close a question early if everyone is finished.
  • Davo
    Sat, Jul 27, 2013, 4:14 AM
    Mike - that's not going to be very easy to do with the current system. The student's computers aren't polling the main server during the countdown - they only start polling the server again once the time limit has run out. This could be changed but it might be fiddly to do and would certainly result in a lot more network traffic (even aside from the extra work needed to give the teacher control over this). Please add it as a request on tracker, but its not something I'm likely to be looking at any time soon.
  • Picture of Éric Bugnet
    Tue, Nov 19, 2013, 2:29 PM
    I translated this plugin in french on Amos this weekend, integration was ok but 4 strings are probably wrong in code. Please look at this picture :
    This is the first screen... Thanks to correct this !
  • Davo
    Tue, Nov 19, 2013, 5:03 PM
    Eric - I'm afraid I cannot reproduce the error you have shown. The text is displaying fine in my local install of realtime quiz.

    Please can you make sure you clear your Moodle site cache and your local browser cache and try again? Also, please check to see if there are any javascript errors.

    If you are still having a problem, please open an issue on (against my realtime quiz plugin), with details of your Moodle version, browser version, etc.
  • Picture of Éric Bugnet
    Tue, Nov 19, 2013, 9:39 PM
    OK, I find it. It seems that the 2 strings : teacherjoinquizinstruct and teacherstartinstruct are guilty.
    If I remove the It's ok...
    I will send this in AMOS.
    thanks for your work !
  • Davo
    Tue, Nov 19, 2013, 9:40 PM
    Glad you've found it and thanks for the translation.
  • Picture of Stephen Owens
    Fri, Nov 22, 2013, 10:20 PM
    I was just playing around a bit more with the realtime quiz, and found a bug. When editing a quiz, it is apparently impossible to input an answer as "0". Just the symbol "0". If you put in "0.", or " 0" (with a space), or "00", then there's no problem. But if you put in just the single character zero, 0, then the answer disappears upon saving
  • Davo
    Fri, Nov 22, 2013, 10:25 PM
    Stephen - I can see what would cause that.

    I've just pushed some code out to github (but not got time this sec to test it to double-check it works). Are you able to try it and see if it fixes the issue for you?
  • Picture of alok asthana
    Wed, Nov 27, 2013, 9:32 PM
    Will the Realtime Quiz work with the latest version of Moodle i.e. 2.6?
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